A FINELY CARVED YELLOWISH-GREEN JADE FIGURE OF A SEATED BUDDHA
A FINELY CARVED YELLOWISH-GREEN JADE FIGURE OF A SEATED BUDDHA
A FINELY CARVED YELLOWISH-GREEN JADE FIGURE OF A SEATED BUDDHA
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A FINELY CARVED YELLOWISH-GREEN JADE FIGURE OF A SEATED BUDDHA

18TH CENTURY

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A FINELY CARVED YELLOWISH-GREEN JADE FIGURE OF A SEATED BUDDHA
18TH CENTURY
The figure is shown seated in dhyanasana with the hands held in dhyanamudra and wears a dhoti that covers the lower body while the upper body is bare. The face is finely detailed with a contemplative expression and the hair shown in tight curls. The softly polished stone is of yellow color with areas of brown primarily on the lower body and back.
5 in. (12.7 cm.) high, hongmu stand
Provenance
Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978) Collection.
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Buddhism flourished during the Qing dynasty, and was encouraged by the devotion of the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong emperors and their successors. As a result of its popularity, the production of Buddhist statuary, ritual objects, vessels and other implements became widespread, and a variety of materials was employed in their manufacture, especially jade and gilt bronze. The present figure is unusual in that the torso is left bare, perhaps to highlight the color of the stone, whereas most jade Buddha figures are shown wearing layered robes, such as the white jade figure shown in a similar pose illustrated in Zhongguo yuqi quanji, Qing, vol. 6, Hebei, 1994, p. 227, pl. 334.

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