Lot 132. An important pale celadon jade figure of seated Buddha Shakyamuni, China, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century; Hauteur: 29,5 cm. (11 5/8 in.), 5,881 kg. Estimate EUR 40,000 - EUR 60,000. Price realised EUR 430,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019
Il est représenté assis en vajrasana, ses mains en dhyanamudra tenant un bol à aumône. Il est vêtu de longues robes monastiques, son torse nu est paré de bijoux élaborés. Son visage est méditatif, les yeux mi-clos sous les arcades sourcilières arrondies et les lobes d'oreilles allongés. Ses cheveux bouclés sont surmontés de l'ushnisha et ornés du ratna, socle.
Provenance: Previously from an important English private collection.
Christie's Hong Kong, 300 Years of Jade, 30 October 2000, lot 700.
Note: Buddhism flourished during the Qing dynasty, and was encouraged by the devotion of the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong emperors and their successors. As a result of its popularity, the production of Buddhist statuary, ritual objects, vessels and other implements became widespread, and a variety of materials were employed in their manufacture. While jade was amongst these materials, such a large figure (29.5 cm.) depicting Buddha Shakyamuni appear to be very rare.
See a slightly smaller white jade Buddha (23.5 cm.) with very similar features to the present example from the Stephen Junkunc, III collection sold at Christie's New York, 26 March 2010, lot 1104. See a smaller (13.6 cm.), white jade seated Buddha, dated to the mid-Qing dynasty, in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated by Yang Boda in Chinese Jades Throughout the Ages, vol. 12, Hong Kong, 1997, no. 103. Compare, also, a larger (21 cm.) seated white jade figure of Pindola, formerly in the Nott Collection, illustrated in Chinese Jades in the Stanley Charles Nott Collection, West Palm Beach, 1942, pl. XII, where it is dated to the Jiaqing period. A small jade Amitayus (7.7 cm. high), is illustrated in Monarchy and Its Buddhist Way, Tibetan-Buddhist Ritual Implements in the National Palace Museum, National Palace Museum, Taiwan, 1999, no. 29. The National Museum figure is designed specifically for placement within a turquoise inlaid stupa which accounts for its smaller size. A celadon jade figure of Sakyamuni, holding a small stupa is illustrated in Treasures from Snow Mountains, Gems of Tibetan Cultural Relics, Shanghai Museum, 2001, no. 37.
Christie's. Art d'Asie, Paris, 12 December 2019