A rare and large 'fahua' figure of Buddha, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

Lot 168. A rare and large 'fahua' figure of Buddha, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644); 62cm (24 1/2in) high. Estimate £ 50,000 - 60,000 (€ 58,000 - 70,000). Unsold. © Bonhams 2001-2019.

Finely modelled seated in dhyanasana on a lotus throne supported on a high pedestal base, his hands in auspicious mudras and wearing a loose flowing robe tied at the waist, his face with gentle expression beneath hair curled tightly around the ushnishaterminating in a bud finial, all brightly glazed in rich cream, aubergine and turquoise-blue glazes. 

NoteFahua wares have been produced since the 14th century in the north in Shanxi, during the Yuan dynasty, and in the south at Jingdezhen during the 15th century. The alkaline glazes of fahua wares were mainly used for large wares and it is likely that the present lot was used in a temple or shrine. Compare with a closely related pair of slightly larger fahua seated Buddhas, Wanli, in the Asian Civilizations Museum, Singapore (acc.no.1995-03477).

Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, London, 16 May 2019