A large gilt lacquered-bronze Buddha. Ming dynasty, 17th century

cast seated in dhyanasana on a double lotus base, his right hand in bhumisparshamudra and his left in dhyanamudra, wearing a shawl and dhoti, its loose folds falling over his crossed legs and left shoulder, the full face with meditative expression, traces of gilt-lacquer decoration. 49cm., 19 1/4 in. Est. 6,000—8,000 GBP. Lot Sold 31,250 GBP

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. 13 May 09. London www.sothebys.com