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    Sale 1209

    Collection Yves Saint Laurent et Pierre Bergé

    23 - 25 February 2009, Paris

  • Lot 670

    IMPORTANTE STATUE DE BOUDDHA EN BOIS LAQUE OR ET ROUGE

    CHINE, DYNASTIE MING, XVIEME SIECLE

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    IMPORTANTE STATUE DE BOUDDHA EN BOIS LAQUE OR ET ROUGE
    CHINE, DYNASTIE MING, XVIEME SIECLE
    Représenté assis en dhyanasana, la main droite en bhumisparsamudra, la gauche reposant sur la cuisse, vêtu de la robe monastique couvrant les épaules et retombant en plis souples et élégants, le visage serein, les lèvres légèrement ourlées, le nez aquilin, les yeux en amande mi-clos, les sourcils arqués, les lobes d'oreilles étirés, les cheveux bouclés coiffés en un chignon laissant apparaître l'usnisha ; craquelures
    Hauteur: 116 cm. (45 5/8 in.)


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    Cette belle représentation du Bouddha Shakyamuni, Gautama Siddharta, incarne à merveille l'esprit de non violence du Bouddhisme.
    Sa représentation la plus populaire est celle où sa main droite repose élégamment sur la cuisse, la gauche effectuant le geste de 'la prise de la desse Terre à témoin' (bhumisparshamudra).
    Cette belle sculpture du Bouddha est typique du style du 16e siècle. Certains détails cependant sont des rappels du 15e siècle tels que son visage assez épais et le pan de sa robe couvrant l'épaule droite.
    Cette représentation sacrée du Bouddha, enseignant la Doctrine Bouddhiste, est un très bel exemple des sculptures en bois laqué produites au 16e siècle.


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    AN IMPORTANT GILT AND RED-LACQUERED WOOD FIGURE OF BUDDHA
    CHINA, MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY



    Shown seated with legs in dhyanasana, with the right hand in bhumisparsamudra while the left hand rests atop the knee, wearing a loosely draped monastic robe covering his shoulders and falling in elegants folds, the face finely carved with a serene expression, full lips, aquiline nose, partially closed almond-shaped eyes and arched eyebrows, all flanked by elongated earlobes below a curled coiffure and high domed usnisha ; some age cracks


    This fine representation of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, Gautama Siddharta, embodies perfectly well the gentle and non-violent spirit of Buddhism. Most beloved amongst his followers is the presented iconography of him when his right hand rests elegantly on his knee in the so-called earth touching gesture or bhumisparshamudra. He displayed this gesture when meditating, while asking Goddess Earth as witness of his unselfish aspires for Enlightenment. Upon reaching this state he became Buddha Shakyamuni as he is more commonly known.
    The presented gilt-wood figure can stylistically be placed in the Ming period and most probably in the sixteenth century. His square and slightly puffy face are still reminiscent of fifteenth century examples produced in bronze, alike the covering of his right shoulder by his monks' robe. The well-carved and natural pleats of his garment seem to confirm this presumption. Well-proportioned, this sacred wood image of the Teacher of the Buddhist Doctrine stands out in quality compared to many other examples.