45474320_1_x Ming Dynasty lacquered bronze figure of Amitayus Buddha, seated in dhyanasana, his hands in dhyana and vitarka mudra.

This lacquered bronze figure of the Amitayus Buddhas is from the Ming dynasty, which was dynasty was the longest ruling dynasty in China. Its influence spread to all parts of Asia including Korea, Siam, Japan and Sri Lanka. The Ming dynasty included the reign of 16 emperors, with Chenghua ruling from 1465 to 1487.

This Amitayus Buddha belongs to the Three Long-life Deities: Amitayus, White Tara and Ushnishavijaya.

Pair of Qianlong/Jiaqing period cloisonné hawk censers. Pair of Qianlong/Jiaqing period cloisonné hawk censers.

This pair of cloisonné hawk censers are from the Qianlong period, 1711-1799. The Yongzheng Emperor reigned from October 1735 to February 1796, before he abdicated to his son Jiaqing Emperor in order to not out reign his grandfather Kangxi Emperor.

The first known use of censers was from 206 BC to 8 AD during the Western Han Dynasty. They were used social status symbol, to perfume clothes, to warm hands in the winter and for ceremonial purposes.

Yellow glazed porcelain saucer dish, incised underneath the glaze with sinuous dragons amidst flame and cloud scrolls, the base with an underglaze incised six-character Qianlong mark. Yellow glazed porcelain saucer dish, incised underneath the glaze with sinuous dragons amidst flame and cloud scrolls, the base with an underglaze incised six-character Qianlong mark.

Turquoise glazed porcelain bowl, the interior decorated with scattered fruit, the base with a six-character Yongzheng mark. Turquoise glazed porcelain bowl, the interior decorated with scattered fruit, the base with a six-character Yongzheng mark.

This delicate turquoise porcelain bowl bears the Yongzheng mark. The Yongzheng Emperor, part of the The Qing Dynasty 1644-1912, ruled from 1678-1735.

All lots featured will be featured in John Nicholson's Oriental sale on 28th May, 2016. Check out the full catalogue on Barnebys here.

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