Lot 13. A gilt-bronze figure of Ananda, Northern Wei dynasty (386-534). Height 2 5/8 in., 6.8 cm. Estimate 2,000 — 3,000 USD. Lot sold 15,000 USD. © Sotheby's.
Buddha's principal disciple portrayed as a monk with shaved head and hands held in anjalimudra, dressed in long robes cast with sharply defined folds that fall in front, with incised lines marking the folds on the back, wood stand, Japanese wood box (5).
Provenance: Hirano Kotoken, Tokyo.
Kitayama Fine Arts, Tokyo, acquired in the 1970s.
An example in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, which shows how the present lot may have appeared in an altar set is illustrated in Hai-Wai Yi-Chen: Chinese Art in Overseas Collections, Buddhist Sculpture I, Taipei, 1998, p.18.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. New York, 19 march 2013