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IMPORTANTE STATUE DE BOUDDHA AMITABHA EN BRONZE DORE
IMPORTANTE STATUE DE BOUDDHA AMITABHA EN BRONZE DORE
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IMPORTANTE STATUE DE BOUDDHA AMITABHA EN BRONZE DORE

CHINE, ROYAUME DE DALI, PROVINCE DU YUNNAN, XIIEME - XIIIEME SIECLE

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IMPORTANTE STATUE DE BOUDDHA AMITABHA EN BRONZE DORE
CHINE, ROYAUME DE DALI, PROVINCE DU YUNNAN, XIIEME - XIIIEME SIECLE
Il est représenté assis en sattvasana, les mains en dhyanamudra, vêtu d'une robe monastique plissée couvrant ses épaules. Son visage est serein, les yeux mi-clos surmontés de sourcils arqués, ses lobes d'oreille allongés, le front agrémenté de l'urna. Ses cheveux bouclés sont surmontés de l'ushnisha rehaussée du ratna.
Hauteur : 28 cm. (11 in.)
Provenance
Private Belgian collection before 1967.
Private Belgian collection acquired on 7 March 1967, Brussels.
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AN IMPORTANT GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA AMITABHA
CHINA, DALI KINGDOM, YUNNAN PROVINCE, 12TH - 13TH CENTURY

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The contemporaneous Dali (957-1253) and Liao (916-1125) kingdoms both promoted Buddhism. They made sculptures in the style that descended from the Tang Dynasty (618-907). As a result, Liao and Dali sculptures are closely related in style and general appearance. In fact, previously, the very rare Dali sculptures were often mistaken for the more commonly seen Liao sculptures (see for a Liao example, lot 49). Buddha images from the Dali kingdom show heads that are relatively large in proportion to their shoulders and a low cranial protuberance that are often embellished with a ratna at the front, as this sacred image demonstrates.

The half-closed eyes look directly outward - in contrast to the large heavily lidded eyes of Tang and Liao sculptures, pointing to this sculpture's origins in the Dali kingdom. The current Buddha’s monastic robe crosses both shoulders and descends to the abdomen. Its edge folds into an undulating curvy configuration, characteristic of Buddha images from the Dali Kingdom. A last feature of Dali Buddha examples is the armlet decoration on the right upper arm.

The Buddha is very similar in style to an example in the Shanghai Museum, which bears an inscription dating it to the mid 12th century. The resemblance to the Shanghai sculpture suggests a 12th to 13th century date for this magnificent Buddha.

A comparable fine example was sold at Christie's, New York, 20 March 2014, lot 1611.

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