A Gilt Bronze Figure of The Teaching Buddha
A Gilt Bronze Figure of The Teaching Buddha

MONGOLIA, ZANABAZAR SCHOOL, 18TH CENTURY

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A Gilt Bronze Figure of The Teaching Buddha
Mongolia, Zanabazar School, 18th century
Finely cast seated in dhyanasana on a raised double-lotus base with beaded rims, his hands in dharmachakra mudra, wearing a sanghati with incised borders, his face a raised urna surmounted by the ushnisha, the base sealed and incised with a double-vajra
7 ¾ in. (19.7 cm.) high
Provenance
Acquired from Christie's New York, 21 March 2008, lot 638
Literature
Himalayan Art Resources (himalayanart.org), item no.24092
Post lot text
Christie’s and the consignors of lots 208-255 intend to donate a portion of their proceeds received from the sale of the lot to Himalayan Art Resources, a 501(c)(3) not-for profit charity. Please note that a buyers who purchase these lots will not be eligible for any charitable contribution deduction in relation to such purchase.
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Christie’s and the consignors of lots 208-255 intend to donate a portion of their proceeds received from the sale of the lot to Himalayan Art Resources, a 501(c)(3) not-for profit charity. Please note that a buyers who purchase these lots will not be eligible for any charitable contribution deduction in relation to such purchase.

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Lot Essay

Tulku Zanabazar (c. 1635-1723) was a direct descendent of Genghis Khan and the religious leader and master artist of Mongolia. From 1649 to 1651 he traveled extensively through Tibet, collecting examples of metalwork. Upon his return to Mongolia, the Dalai Lama ordered a group of monks and artists to return with him and teach the local Mongolian artists their crafts of metalcasting, architecture and iconography. The imperial art school founded by Zanabazar produced some of the finest bronzes in the history of Mongolian art. Characterized by richly gilt surfaces overall, finely modeled and smoothly sloping contours with embellishments limited to borders, full figures standing or seated on an elevated double-lotus base, and a minimalist aesthetic that endows the figures with a sense of stability, Zanabazar bronze sculptures exhibit a cohesive style testament to the vision of the great leader.

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