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Tangka représentant le miracle de sravasti dynastie qing, fin xviie/début
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About the object

Détrempe sur tissuau centre le Bouddha Shakyamuni en bhumisparsha mudra tenant un patra dans sa main gauche, assis en vajraparyankasana sur une fleur de lotus émergeant des flots, la tige supportée par un naga à trois têtes, le Bouddha entouré des seize deva, huit disciples, mahasiddhas, divinités et symboles de richesse et de longévité, un moine faisant des offrandes à Bouddha, un général yaksha avec les huit bodhisattvas et les seize Bouddhas, surplombés par le soleil et la lune et une apsara sortant des nuages dans un ciel noir, les Bouddhas abrités par une canopée d'où flottent des étoffes et un cartouche en-dessous portant une inscription mandchoue\nAn almost identical Chinese painting in the collection of the Musée Guimet has been identified by Giles Béguin as possibly dating to the second half of the seventeenth century and depicting the legend of the Miracle of Shravasti, see Béguin, Les Peintures du Bouddhisme Tibétain, Paris, 1995, p. 168, pl. 75 (MG 2921). A Manchu inscription fills the cartouche in the lower registers of both the Guimet painting and the present example. Another painting with this iconography bears a cartouche with a Tibetan inscription, and was sold at Christie's Paris, 11th November 2013, lot 95. Qing dynasty Buddhist icons are commonly inscribed with multi-lingual dedications.
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condition

The painting was examined outside the frame. The painting is in overall good condition. There is a horizontal crease running through the centre of the painting from the upper rim down to the lower rim and a horizontal crease to the centre of the painting extending from the left hand side acros to the right hand side, both creases with minor associated loss of pigment. There are several light horizontal and vertical creases, some minor loss to the pigments to across the painting and some small areas of retouching. There are some minute areas of loss to the cloth visible on the back. There is some wear to the gold inscribed characters in the cartouches (visible in the catalogue illustration). The colours are lighter and brighter than the catalogue illustration suggests and the painting is rich in detail. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

dimensions

67 x 48,5 cm, 26 3/8  x 19 in.

provenance

Formerly in the Klooster Sparrendaal Asiatica Collection, Vught, Netherlands.


*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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