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    Sale 12555

    The Imperial Sale / Important Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art

    1 June 2016, Convention Hall

  • Lot 3373

    A WHITE JADE FIGURE OF BUDDHA

    QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

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    A WHITE JADE FIGURE OF BUDDHA
    QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
    The figure is finely carved seated in padmasana position with hands held in the gesture of dhyana mudra. The drapery of the robes are well rendered falling in naturalistic folds and the face bearnig a prominent usnisa, with a serene and benevolent expression.
    2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) high


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    It is rare to find jade figures of Buddha of such small size. One closely related example is a white jade figure of Amitayus of comparable size with gilt and turquoise embellishments, placed within a gilt Tibetanstyle stupa dating to the 18th century, in the Qing Court Collection and now in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, exhibited in Monarchy and Its Buddhist Way: Tibetan-Buddhist Ritual Implements in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1999, pl. 29. The present jade figure was, therefore, possibly originally made for the placement within a Buddhist stupa as part of an altar set.