Lot 2794. A set of three gilt-bronze Daoist deities, 14th-15th century. The largest: 9.2 cm., 3 5/8 in. Estimate 250,000 — 300,000 HKD. Lot sold 596,000 HKD. © Sotheby's 2010
representing the Sanqing ('Three Purities'), each figure finely cast seated with legs crossed in meditation, dressed in long flowing robes finely incised with floral borders and a vajra at the seat, gazing forward with a serene expression framed by elongated earlobes suspending loop earrings, the crisp lips and finely combed mustache below delicately curled locks of hair set beneath a circular diadem centred with a flaming jewel, the larger figure holding ruyi scepter, one of the two smaller figures holding a scroll, the other a jewel in the left hand with the other held in mudra.
Provenance: Sotheby's New York, 21st September 2006, lot 133.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, Hong Kong, 08 Oct 2010