Lot 1240. A large wood seated figure of Buddha, Yuan-Early Ming dynasty, 13th-16th century; 43 in. (109.2 cm.) high. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 18,750. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010.
Shown seated in padmasana with right arm raised, wearing a priest's robes secured by a ring tied to a cord at the left shoulder over a dhoti gathered above the waist by a knotted sash, the full face carved with serene expression below the hair which is dressed in curls surrounding the rounded usnisa, traces of pigment.
Provenance: In the United States since before 1960.
Note: Very similar treatment of the face, hair, body and robes can be found on a smaller (25¼ in. high) wood figure of the seated Buddha illustrated by A. Priest, Chinese Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1944, pl. CX, cat. no. 63
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, 26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza