Lot 5012. A gilt-lacquered zitan figure of Tsongkhapa, Tibet, 16th–17th century; 35.4 cm, 13 7/8 in. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 HKD. Sold for 87,500 HKD (10,353 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's.
heavily carved seated on a double-lotus base with the hands held in dharmachakra mudra, wearing a voluminous robe wrapped across one shoulder with brocade borders rendered in gilt-lacquer against the dark brown ground, the gilt-lacquered face crowned with a peaked hat.
Carved zitan figures of Tibetan Buddhist lamas are rare. See a closely related figure of Atisha in the Rubin Museum of Art, New York, no. C203.12.6, which shares the same intricate design on the robes. See also a 15th-century figure of a lama in the John and Berthe Ford collection, illustrated in Pratapaditya Pal, Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal and Tibet in The John and Berthe Ford Collection, Baltimore, 2001, p. 298, pl. 174.
Sotheby's. EYE/EAST, Hong Kong, 22 May 2020