11 avril 2014

Imperial items and extraordinary Buddhist sculptures at Koller Zurich, 6th/7th May 2014

ZURICH - For its Asian Art Auctions from 6th to 7th May 2014, Koller Auctions is focusing on the Chinese market. An exclusive selection of Buddhist figures and several treasures from the Forbidden City are sure to generate interest. China - HimalayaFine Chinese art from European private collections is particularly coveted by Chinese collectors.Over the past 20 years, the value of flawless objects has increased substantially. Therefore, many Europeans are putting their collections up for sale once again. From a Swiss private... [Lire la suite]
10 avril 2014

A large bronze head of a Bodhisattva, Song- Yuan Dynasty

A large bronze head of a Bodhisattva, Song- Yuan Dynasty. Photo: Sotheby's the round full-face deity with crescent down-cast eyes in serene contemplation, framed by the high arched brows, tapering nose and the pursed full lips, and long pendulous earlobes, the shaved bald head encircled by a simple ruyi-shaped diadem resting around the crown of his head, just above the urna on the forehead with traces of red pigment inside, all resting on a fragment of the shoulders draped with a section of the robe with a finely cast floral hem... [Lire la suite]
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10 avril 2014

A limestone seated Sakyamuni Buddha with inscribed lotus pedestal, Tang dynasty, Gaozong period, dated in accordance with 670

A limestone seated Sakyamuni Buddha with inscribed lotus pedestal, Tang dynasty, Gaozong period, dated in accordance with 670. Photo: Sotheby's the deity seated in dyanasana with the right hand (now missing) probably raised in abayamudra and the left resting on his bent knee, dressed in loose fitting robes opened at the chest and held in place by a tassle over his left shoulder, the serene face with slender eyes downturned in contemplation, framed by long pendulous earlobes and a head of tight curls, backed by a rounded mandorla... [Lire la suite]
08 avril 2014

A limestone head of Buddha, Tang dynasty

A limestone head of Buddha, Tang dynasty. Photo: Sotheby's carved with a serene expression with beautific smile and slender downcast eyes, the plump face with rounded cheeks, arched eyebrows and a small mouth with full lips, framed by whorls of curling hair, the stone of dark grey patina, metal stand; 18.5 cm., 7 1/4 in. Estimation 400,000 — 600,000 HKD - Lot. Vendu 500,000 HKD Provenance: Weishaupt collection, Berlin.A private collection, Paris.Eskenazi Ltd., London. Litterature: Ancient Chinese Bronze and Sculpture, Eskenazi... [Lire la suite]
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08 avril 2014

A sandstone head of Buddha, Northern Qi Dynasty. Photo Sotheby's

A sandstone head of Buddha, Northern Qi Dynasty. Photo Sotheby's sensitively carved with serene, naturalistic expression, the almond-shaped, hooded eyes well framed beneath arched brows, the aristocratic features intricately conveyed through the prominent well-formed nose, curved mouth and narrow lips, the hair dressed in rows of large, rounded curls, with a neat hairline curving down the sides of the face, revealing the elongated ears, the light grey stone of a smooth patina with traces of green, red and white pigments,... [Lire la suite]
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08 avril 2014

Landmark exhibition opens in New York exploring the ancient kingdoms of Southeast Asia

Buddha (detail). Provenance unknown, central Thailand, first half of the 7th century. Sandstone; H. 67 3/8 in. National Museum, Bangkok A ground-breaking international loan exhibition devoted to the Hindu-Buddhist art of first- millennium Southeast Asia will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning April 14. Some 160 sculptures will be featured, many of them large-scale stone sculptures, terracottas, and bronzes. They include a significant number of designated national treasures lent by the governments of Cambodia,... [Lire la suite]


07 avril 2014

A gilt-bronze Avalokitesvara seated on a lotus base, Qing Dynasty, Shunzhi Period, dated in accordance with 1660

A gilt-bronze Avalokitesvara seated on a lotus base, Qing Dynasty, Shunzhi Period, dated in accordance with 1660. Photo Sotheby's. deftly cast and portrayed seated in vajraparyankasana, the serene face with a downcast gaze and a compassionate smile, flanked by long pendulous earlobes suspending elaborately decorated earrings, the hair neatly drawn up and crowned with a diadem securing a miniature effigy of Amitabha, covered by a cowl, with long tresses of knotted hair falling to the shoulders, wearing a shawl and dhoti... [Lire la suite]
07 avril 2014

A parcel-gilt bronze figure of a seated luohan, Ming Dynasty, Hongzhi Period, dated in accordance with 1496

A parcel-gilt bronze figure of a seated luohan, Ming Dynasty, Hongzhi Period, dated in accordance with 1496. Photo Sotheby's. sturdily cast with his legs crossed, the contemplative face with a furrowed brow below a raised urna, gently pursing his lips framed by a thick curly moustache and beard, flanked by long pendulous pierced earlobes, and wearing a loosely-fitting voluminous sanghati covering his left shoulder, adorned with a patchwork of grids defined by gilt-decorated hems with dragons and florets, over the... [Lire la suite]
07 avril 2014

An extremely rare and important massive gilt-bronze figure of bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, Song Dynasty

An extremely rare and important massive gilt-bronze figure of bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, Song Dynasty. Photo Sotheby's. well-cast and portrayed seated in vajraparyankasana, the right hand lowered in varada mudra, while the left held in abhaya mudra, each hand marked with a half-shuttered eye, the serene face bearing a compassionate expression with eyes in a downward gaze, the forehead marked with a third eye, his slightly pursed lips framed by a scrolling mustache and beard, the hair neatly drawn up in an intricate... [Lire la suite]
07 avril 2014

A gilt-bronze figure of luohan Kasyapa, Liao Dynasty, 11th-12th century

A gilt-bronze figure of luohan Kasyapa, Liao Dynasty, 11th-12th century. Photo Sotheby's. the richly gilded figure well-cast with a bald head and distinctive facial features, modelled with almond-shaped eyes above high cheekbones and a large prominent nose above thick pursed lips, the forehead with an urna, all framed by a pair of long pendulous earlobes, seated in vajraparyankasana with his hands held together in his lap in dhyanamudra, dressed in a voluminous robe draping elegantly over his shoulders and falling in loose... [Lire la suite]


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