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A PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE SEATED FIGURE OF BUDDHA
A PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE SEATED FIGURE OF BUDDHA
A PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE SEATED FIGURE OF BUDDHA
A PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE SEATED FIGURE OF BUDDHA
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A PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE SEATED FIGURE OF BUDDHA

QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

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A PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE SEATED FIGURE OF BUDDHA
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
The figure is carved seated in dhyanasana, with the hands held in dhyanamudra, dressed in long flowing robes and draped with intricate beaded garlands. The hair is styled in tight curls, the stone is of a pale greenish-white tone, with a few minor creamy-russet and streaked inclusions.
6 3/4 in. (17.2 cm.) high
Provenance
Collection S. Bulgari, Rome (according to label)
Acquired in London in the 1960s & 70s

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The production of Buddhist statuary, ritual objects, vessels and other implements became widespread as Buddhism flourished during the Qing dynasty, and was encouraged by the devotion of the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong emperors and their successors. Several examples of jade buddhas produced around this period are known.
A smaller (13.6 cm.) white jade seated Buddha dated to the mid-Qing dynasty, in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated by Yang Boda in Chinese Jades Throughout the Ages, Hong Kong, 1997, no. 103. A larger (21 cm.) seated white jade figure of Pindola, formerly in the Nott Collection, is illustrated in Chinese Jades in the Stanley Charles Nott Collection, West Palm Beach, 1942, pl. XII, where it is dated to the Jiaqing period. A small jade Amitayus (7.7 cm. high), is illustrated in Monarchy and Its Buddhist Way, Tibetan-Buddhist Ritual Implements in the National Palace Museum, National Palace Museum, Taiwan, 1999, no. 29; this figure was designed specifically for placement within a turquoise inlaid stupa which accounts for its smaller size. A celadon jade figure of Sakyamuni, holding a small stupa is illustrated in Treasures from Snow Mountains, Gems of Tibetan Cultural Relics, Shanghai Museum, 2001, no. 37. A large white jade Buddha from the collection of Stephen Junkunc, III was sold at Christie's New York, 26 March 2010, lot 1104.

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