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Lot 19. A gilt-bronze figure of Buddha, Longqing period, dated by inscription to 1571, 14 7/8 in. (38 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 15,000 - GBP 20,000 (USD 19,425 - USD 25,900). Price realised GBP 18,750 (USD 24,262). © Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The figure is cast with a serene face and pendulous earlobes below blue painted hair cast in tight curls. His right hand is raised in vitarkamudraand his left hand is held in his lap. He is seated in dhyanasana upon a lotus base. The reverse of the base is inscribed and dated, Longqingwunian sanyue zao ('made in the third month of the fifth year of the Longqing reign', corresponding to 1571), with three partially legible names of the donors.

ProvenanceThe property of a Virginia collector.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works of Art, 9 May 2017, London, King Street