A Lacquered Gilt- Bronze Figure of The Bhaisajyaguru Buddha, Ming Dynasty, 15th Century. Photo Sotheby's

cast seated with legs folded in dhyanasana, the left hand resting in the lap with the palm facing upwards in dhyanamudra and the right hand falling over the knee with the palm facing outwards in varadamudra and holding a myrobalan between forefinger and thumb, wearing a dhoti reaching around the shoulders and falling from the left side in rhythmic folds over the arm, across the belly and over the legs onto the throne, the face with finely cast features wearing a benign expression flanked by long-lobed ears and surmounted by tightly curled hair surrounding the domed ushnisha, all supported on a double lotus throne with petal lappets each enclosing a foliate motif, with traces of gilt lacquer, blue, red, white and black pigments. Height 13 1/4 in., 33.5 cm. ESTIMATION 80,000-120,000 USD

PROVENANCE: Collection of an American diplomat, acquired in the 1950s and thence by descent.

NOTE DE CATALOGUE: The Chinese Buddhist monk Xuanzang visited a monastery at Bamiyan, Afghanistan in the 7th century, where a scroll containing the Bhaisajyaguru Sutra was discovered by archaeologists at this site, attesting to the popularity of this manifestation of Buddha with healing powers.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York | 11 sept. 2012 www.sothebys.com