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    Sale 7581

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    13 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 147

    AN IMPERIAL GILT-BRONZE AND LACQUERED FIGURE OF AMITAYUS

    KANGXI (1662-1722)

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    AN IMPERIAL GILT-BRONZE AND LACQUERED FIGURE OF AMITAYUS
    KANGXI (1662-1722)
    Finely and heavily cast seated in dhyanasana on a double-lotus base with beaded rim, wearing long flowing robes incised with detailed floral scroll borders, beaded necklaces, armlets and bracelets inset with various hardstones, his face with a serene expression surmounted by an elaborate tiara, richly gilt overall
    17 in. (43 cm.) high


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    The heavy casting, highly intricate base with trailing drapes, very finely incised floral borders and crisp angular features are characteristic of the relatively rare Kangxi period Buddhist bronzes in the Tibetan style, all likely to have been produced in the Imperial workshops; compare with a stylistically close figure of Avalokitesvara Shadakshari, cast by the order of Emperor Kangxi for his grandmother Xiaozhuang in 1686 (Kangxi 25th year), cf. Yang Xin et. al. (eds.), Cultural Relics of Tibetan Buddhism Collected in the Qing Palace, Forbidden City Publishing House, 1992, cat. no. 51.
    Two closely related examples were sold in our New York Rooms, 29 November 1990, lot 48, and our Amsterdam Rooms, 2 May 2007, lot 344 and illustrated on the cover; two further examples are illustrated in U. von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, 1981, pl. 152A and B, p. 540. The very close correspondance of these known examples would indicate that matrices were used for the fabrication of the wax models required for the casting.

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