11 décembre 2017

Science and art come together at the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery

Buddha; China, Tang dynasty (618–907), early 7th century; hollow-core lacquer with pigment and gilding; Purchase—Charles Lang Freer Endowment; Freer Gallery of Art, F1944.46. WASHINGTON, DC.- The only existing sixth- and seventh-century Chinese lacquer Buddha sculptures have come together for the first time in an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. “Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha” is on view Dec. 9–June 10, 2018. Modern technology and scientific analysis have revealed how these extremely rare... [Lire la suite]

26 novembre 2017

Imprints of Buddhas: the Buddhist Art in the National Palace Museum Collection

TAIPEI - Buddhism originated in India in the sixth century BCE and underwent more than 1,700 years of development on the subcontinent before the Muslim invasion of the late twelfth century. In the process, Buddhism evolved and its teachings became more and more systematic. With the support of Indian ruling houses and the efforts of Buddhist clergy, the religion spread to Central Asia, China, Tibet, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asia. From China, the religion also spread further to the Korean Peninsula and Japan. Since... [Lire la suite]
09 novembre 2017

A Gilt-Bronze Figure of Shakyamuni Buddha, Ming Dynasty, Early 15th Century

Lot 67. A Gilt-Bronze Figure of Shakyamuni Buddha, Ming Dynasty, Early 15th Century. Estimate £60,000–80,000. Lot sold £187,500 . Photo Sotheby's. well-cast and depicted seated in vajraparyankasana on a double-lotus base, with hands held in dhyanamudra, wearing a pleated robe draped over the left shoulder and falling in loose folds over his legs, with the undergarment gathered at the chest, the serene face with downcast eyes and a meditative expression flanked by long pendulous ears,... [Lire la suite]
08 novembre 2017

A finely cast gilt-bronze figure of Guanyin, Ming dynasty, 17th century

Lot 18. A finely cast gilt-bronze figure of Guanyin, Ming dynasty, 17th century. Estimate GBP 80,000 - GBP 120,000. Price realised GBP 87,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. Guanyin is cast seated in padmasana, and holds a willow stem in the raised right hand and a cup in the left hand. Thebodhisattva is decorated with ornate jewellery and wears layered robes with crisply chased floral borders on a stamped ground. The crown has five openwork points and is centred by a seated figure of... [Lire la suite]
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08 novembre 2017

A smokey rock crystal figure of Amitabha, 19th century

Lot 42. A smokey rock crystal figure of Amitabha, 19th century. Estimate GBP 8,000 - GBP 12,000. Price realised GBP 428,750. © Christie's Image Ltd 2017 The figure is carved with his hair in tightly curled whorls above a serene face with his eyes downcast, wearing long robes open at the chest. He is seated in padmasana on a double lotus base holding his hands in front of him. The base is incised with a four-character seal mark reading 'Wan Fo Lou cang' which may be translated as... [Lire la suite]
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26 octobre 2017

An important and rare carved limestone head of Buddha, Tang Dynasty, 7th-8th Century, Longmen Caves

Lot 95. An important and rare carved limestone head of Buddha, Tang Dynasty, 7th-8th Century, Longmen Caves. Estimate 80,000 — 100,000 USD. Lot sold 102,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. carved from a grey limestone in full rounded volumes, the oval face with slender almond shaped eyes with heavy eyelids below tapered arching eyebrows issuing from the broad nose, with a small bud mouth of full lips with lightly incised trim above a broad double chin with a thick round neck, all below the hair and... [Lire la suite]

26 octobre 2017

A limestone head of a bodhisattva, Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577)

Lot 90. A limestone head of a bodhisattva, Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577). Estimate 18,000 — 25,000 USD. Lot sold 18,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the serene face with narrow almond eyes between a thin arched brow and tight bud lips, framed by a crown set with three roundels, the center small jeweled roundel with flowing ribbons curling above the forehead, the other two set on the side of the head, just above the ears, each with a double ring of beading and small indentations possibly for inlaid... [Lire la suite]
26 octobre 2017

A magnificent and monumental stone head of Buddha, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 88. A magnificent and monumental stone head of Buddha, Tang dynasty (618-907). Estimate 350,000 — 450,000 USD. Lot sold 352,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the plump face finely carved with almost perfectly symmetrical features imparting the buff sandstone with a serene vitality, the eyebrows rising across the broad brow in smooth curves issuing from the low bridge of the nose above globular nostrils, the deeply-set large eyes half-closed under heavy lids sweeping in bowstring curves, the full... [Lire la suite]
26 octobre 2017

A rare sandstone head of a Buddha, Northern Wei dynasty (386-534)

Lot 87. A rare sandstone head of a Buddha, Northern Wei dynasty (386-534). Estimate 30,000 — 40,000 USD. Lot sold 78,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the elongated face with eyes downcast, the curve of the lids defined by crescent-shape lines, below gracefully arched brows, the long nose with slightly flared nostrils and the corners of the mouth lifted in a beatific expression, the hair swept up behind the pendulous ears into a simple domed ushnisha, the grainy stone of mottled grey color,... [Lire la suite]
26 octobre 2017

A limestone head of Buddha, Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577)

Lot 86. A limestone head of Buddha, Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577). Estimate 18,000 — 25,000 USD. Lot sold 33,600 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the serene face with delicately carved features of slender almond-shaped eyes, above a sharp nose rising to arched brows, and a crisply carved bud mouth, framed by long pendent earlobes and hair carved in even rows of studs below the ushnisha the smooth stone of grey color, (stand); 7 1/2 in., 19 cm Note: With its fine features this head is closely... [Lire la suite]