Very rare sculpture of Amitabha Buddha in...

Lot 147
Aller au lot
30 000 - 40 000 EUR
Result with fees
Result : 70 000 EUR

Very rare sculpture of Amitabha Buddha in...

Very rare sculpture of Amitabha Buddha in gilt bronze.
China, Ming Dynasty, Zhengtong period and dated 1442 (seventh year of Emperor Zhengtong).
Represented sitting in padmasana on a double lotiform base, hands in dhyana-mudra (meditation), dressed in a monastic robe partially uncovering the chest and leaving the right shoulder bare, curly hair covering the ushnisha, half-closed eyes, serene and smiling face, elongated earlobes, mark and date Da Ming Zhengtong Qi Nian Zao (made in the seventh year of Emperor Zhengtong) on top of the base.
Height: 29,5 cm - Weight: 2921 g
Origin: Brought back from China at the end of the 19th century and offered to the grandmother of the current owner.
Because of its dating, this bronze is an important document, testifying to the style of the early Ming period and the evolution of bronze statues during the 15th century.
A relatively large number of golden bronzes were produced during the reign of Emperor Yongle (1403-1424), due to the many offerings made to Tibetan religious leaders. These gifts declined sharply during the reign of Xuande (1425-1435) and this trend continued during the Zhengtong period (1435-1449).
The style used during the Yongle period lasted until the middle of the 15th century.
Thus, the pleating of the dress, and in particular the wide flat fold, barring the chest from the left shoulder, places this sculpture at the beginning of the Ming period with a strong influence from the Yongle and Xuande periods.
Likewise, the lotus petals of the base, continuous all around and worked at the ends, the square and wide face, the pronounced ushnisha dome, the elongated and often V-shaped pierced earlobes in the upper part, the deeply incised half-closed eyes with upper eyelids raised by a net, the arched and incised eyebrow arches are typical of early 15th century bronzes.
Our lot is similar to the Xuande-marked Buddha published in Buddhist Images in Gilt Metal, Chang Foundation, p.18, and stylistically very close to the fifteenth-century gilt bronze Sakyamuni Buddha in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (FE.58-1977), or the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, from the Xuande period (52-1844).
It is also very close to the 27.3 cm high Yongle Buddha, sold at Sotheby's New York on September 11, 2012, Lot 183; see also the 29.5 cm high Buddha dated 1417, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong on October 5, 2011.
Examples of gilded bronze dated Zhengtong are extremely rare. A gilt bronze representation of Akshobya Buddha, dated Zhengtong, 1439, 25.6 cm high, was sold to Sotheby's Paris on December 10, 2019, lot 18.
A deposit is required before the sale, please contact the office.
A deposit is required for bidding on this lot, please contact the auction house for registration.
竞标此拍品须支付押金,详情请与拍卖行取得联系
My orders
Sale information
Sales conditions
Retourner au catalogue