A gilt-bronze figure of Amitayus Qianlong, circa 1770

Lot 162. A gilt bronze figure of Amitayus, Qianlong period, circa 1770; 20,4cm highEstimate HK$80,000 - 120,000. Sold for HK$ 100,000 (€ 11,862). Photo: Bonhams.

Cast seated in dhyanasana on a rectangular plinth with foliate edges and a long cloth draped over the front, the back fitted with a separate flaming mandorla, the Bodhisattva with hands held in dhyana mudra, wearing robes draped over one shoulder and a foliate crown, the face with a serene expression, with a four-character inscription on the interior of the base.

NoteCompare with several very similarly cast gilt-bronze Amitayus figures, with dated Qianlong inscription: one in the Wou Kiuan Collection in the Wou Lien-Pai Museum, illustrated in Chinese Antiquities from the Wou Kiuan Collection, Wou Lien-Pai Museum, Surrey, 2011, p.148, no.168; another sold at Christie's New York, 22-23 March 2012, lot 1789, and Christie's New York, 19-20 September 2013, lot 1521; and another in our San Francisco Rooms, 9 October 2013, lot 3166.

This example of a seated Amitayus, the Buddha of Eternal Life and Eternal Light, is likely to be from the group of 10,000 commissioned by the Qianlong Emperor in celebration of his 60th birthday, as well as the birthday of the Empress Dowager.

Bonhams. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, Hong Kong, Admiralty, 26 May 2014