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AN INSCRIBED PALE CELADON JADE 'SAKYAMUNI AND GROTTO' GROUP
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AN INSCRIBED PALE CELADON JADE 'SAKYAMUNI AND GROTTO' GROUP

QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795), DATED TO THE RENZI YEAR CORRESPONDING TO AD 1792

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AN INSCRIBED PALE CELADON JADE 'SAKYAMUNI AND GROTTO' GROUP
QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795), DATED TO THE RENZI YEAR CORRESPONDING TO AD 1792
Finely carved in high relief with the seated Sakyamuni wearing long flowing robes, beneath a rock formation extensively inscribed, the reverse with pine trees growing amidst rockwork
9¾ in. (24.5 cm.) high.
Provenance
Acquired in the early 20th century by the grandfather of the current owner.

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Lot Essay

The inscription on the current lot is a well-known passage from the Vajra Sutra and may be translated as: 'Everything in the world follows its own destiny, as if dream, illusion, foam, shadow, dew, and flashes; therefore we shall maintain the peaceful mind'.

Compare a similar pale celadon jade 'Sakyamuni' grotto bearing the same inscriptions and seal marks in the Tibet Museum, Lhasa, illustrated in Treasures from Snow Mountains - Gems of Tibetan Cultural Relics, Shanghai Museum, 2001, cat. no. 38, p. 110 (fig.1). Another similar carving, also bearing the same inscription and seal marks as the current lot, is in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan, inventory number: 002729N000000000.

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