10 mars 2019

A gilt-bronze figure of a seated bodhisattva, Sui-Tang dynasty (581-906)

Lot 129. A gilt-bronze figure of a seated bodhisattva, Sui-Tang dynasty (581-906). Height 6 in., 15 cm. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the deity seated with a single leg crossed over a pendent leg, one hand raised up, the other resting on the knee, the dhoti and shawl draped over the shoulder and falling in natural folds around the contours of the body, adorned with an elaborate necklace and jeweled earrings, the face bearing a contemplative expression, the... [Lire la suite]

25 février 2019

An exceptional sandstone head of Buddha, Northern Wei dynasty, Yungang Caves, late 5th Century

Lot 727. An exceptional sandstone head of Buddha, Northern Wei dynasty, Yungang Caves, late 5th Century; 12 in., 30.5 cm. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Lot sold 228,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the fine white granular sandstone well carved in subtle volumes to form an elongated head with crisp bow-shaped lips tenderly lifted at the corners in a beatific smile above the channeled dimple on the chin, the long nose rising to the slightly downcast eyes defined by... [Lire la suite]
24 février 2019

A rare carved wood figure of Vairocana, Early Ming dynasty

Lot 259. A rare carved wood figure of Vairocana, Early Ming dynasty. Height 17 1/2  in., 44.4 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot sold 137,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. portrayed seated in dhyanasana with hands in dharmachakramudra, dressed in shawl, scarves and a dhoti, an elaborate jeweled necklace adorning the chest, the face with serene expression, and the hair pulled up into a tall chignon behind the five-tier crown and falling in curled... [Lire la suite]
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24 février 2019

A rare small gilt-bronze figure of Buddha, Liao dynasty (907-1125)

Lot 392. A rare small gilt-bronze figure of Buddha, Liao dynasty (907-1125); 5½ in. (14 cm.) high. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price Realized: USD 74,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2008. Finely cast and shown seated in dhyanasana atop a lotus raised on a waisted circular pedestal, with right hand raised in vitarka mudra and a scroll held in the left hand, wearing robes loosely draped around the naked torso, the face cast with delicate features and with an urna below... [Lire la suite]
23 février 2019

A small gilt-bronze figure of Avalokitesvara, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 390. A small gilt-bronze figure of Avalokitesvara, Tang dynasty (618-907); 3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 9,000. Price Realized USD 7,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008 Seated in rajalilasana on an integral base covered with elegantly pleated and folded drapery, the figure clothed in a long, flowing scarf and elaborately jeweled necklace, with left hand resting on the knee and the right raised holding a flaming pearl, the face with pensive expression beneath the... [Lire la suite]
23 février 2019

A rare limestone head of Buddha, Tang dynasty, Early 8th century, possibly Longmen caves

Lot 375. A rare limestone head of Buddha, Tang dynasty, Early 8th century, possibly Longmen caves; 11 in. (28 cm.) high. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Price Realized USD 62,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008 The long face carved with serene expression, with crisply carved mouth and nose whose edges continue up into the well-defined brows gracefully arched above the equally well-carved eyes, the hair dressed in tight spiralled curls that also cover the prominent usnisa, the fine-grained grey... [Lire la suite]

19 février 2019

The “Luck of Yunnan”. A rare gilt-bronze standing figure of an Acuoye Guanyin, China, Yunnan, Dali Kingdom, 12th century

Lot 813. A rare gilt-bronze standing figure of an Acuoye Guanyin, China, Yunnan, Dali Kingdom, 12th century; 18 in. (45.7 cm.) high, 18 in. (45.7 cm.) high. Estimate USD 2,000,000 - USD 3,000,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 The tall, slender figure shown standing with right hand raised in vitarkamudra and left held in varadamudra, the long hair drawn up into a tall coiffure (jatamukuta) bound by a band and elaborately dressed in twisted cords falling in loops around and... [Lire la suite]
12 février 2019

A gilt-bronze seated figure of the ascetic Shakyamuni, Late Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century

Lot 709. A gilt-bronze seated figure of the ascetic Shakyamuni, Late Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century; 5¾ in. (14.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 137,000. © Christie’s Image Ltd 2014. Shakyamuni is shown seated in a pensive attitude, his head lowered and his chin and hands resting atop his bent left knee. He wears a priest's robe that is draped over his left shoulder and diagonally around his torso revealing his thin body and his ribs on the right side. His face is cast with short curly beard,... [Lire la suite]
12 février 2019

A rare gilt-bronze miniature buddhist votive group, Liao-Yuan dynasty, 12th-14th century

Lot 708. A rare gilt-bronze miniature buddhist votive group, Liao-Yuan dynasty, 12th-14th century; 4 in. (10.2 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,000. Price realised USD 4,000. © Christie’s Image Ltd 2014. The central figure of Shakyamuni Buddha is flanked by two bodhisattvas, all on lotus bases supported by the tripartite lotus stem that rises from the central hexagonal base which is attached to two similar flanking bases on which stand disciples. All are backed by openwork aureoles.  Provenance: Anna Ilsley... [Lire la suite]
07 janvier 2019

A blackish-grey stone Buddhist stele

Lot 1216. A blackish-grey stone Buddhist stele; 18 in. (45.8 cm.) high. Estimate $7,000 - USD 9,000. Price Realised $11,875. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 Carved in high relief with Buddha seated in dhyanasana on a cloth-draped lotus supported on the head of a seated leonine figure flanked by two pairs of bodhisattvasstanding on tall-stemmed lotus pods, all below apsaras with trailing scarves on themandorla above, the whole raised on a lotus base flanked by two seated... [Lire la suite]