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A magnificent large gilt-bronze figure of buddha shakyamuni
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A MAGNIFICENT LARGE GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI\n\nNEPAL, 14TH CENTURY\n\nThe serene figure is richly gilt and modelled seated in dhyanasana on a double-lotus base with beaded rims with the right hand in bhumisparsa mudra, the gesture of ‘touching the earth’.  Wearing a tightly fitted monastic robe neatly gathered around the ankles with meandering folds and fine beaded hemlines, the figure’s face is detailed with eyes downcast and long pendent ears, each below a florette.  The forehead is centred with an urna that is embellished with an inlaid turquoise.  The underside base plate is sealed.\n\n18 5/8 in. (47 cm.) high
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notes

The present figure is a testament to the consummate skill of the Newari artists. It is heavily cast with a well-proportioned body and covered with a layer of thick gilding. The benevolent expression and the soft contours of the limbs soften the overall appearance, demonstrating a balance between muscularity and gracefulness.

The current figure exhibits features associated with the period of the Khasa Malla Kingdom, such as the athletic physique, beak-like nose, the downcast eyes widening at the sides, and upturned tips of the elongated earlobes. Compare to three figures from the Khasa Malla period that are very similar in style to the current lot, one is in the Ruben Museum of Art, accession no. C2006.24.1, HAR65687, the second in the Patan Museum, Nepal, see Himalayan Art Resource, item no. 59501, both without their stands; and the third with a singlelotus stand and a mandorla, in an Asian private collection (fig. 1). One distinguishing difference between the Khasa Malla examples and the current figure is the reprentation of knuckles on each of their right hands, which is not the case on the present figure.

origin

NEPAL, 14TH CENTURY

lot_number

3303

provenance

Angela & J Gallery, New York, 1993

Offered at Christie’s New York, 27 March 2003, lot 142


*Note that the price is not recalculated to the current value, but refers to the actual final price at the time the product was sold.

*Note that the price is not recalculated to the current value, but refers to the actual final price at the time the product was sold.


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