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Auction: Fine Chinese Paintings and Works of Art
was auctioned on: 9 September 2019
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A FINE AND RARE GILT-LACQUERED BRONZE FIGURE OF GUANYIN

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Estimate: US$50,000 - US$70,000
Price realised:  US$118,825
Lot number 849, Views: 126

A FINE AND RARE GILT-LACQUERED BRONZE FIGURE OF GUANYIN 10th/11th century Cast with a gentle, contemplative expression, the hair worn in a topknot with knotted tresses falling over the shoulders, seated in rajalalitasana with right arm resting on the raised right knee, the left hand resting on the level surface to arm support the weight, wearing a sash tied across the left shoulder and a long dhoti secured by a sash around the waist, adorned with floral earrings, elaborate necklace, and beaded armbands. 8 1/8in (20.7cm) high Fußnoten 十/十一世紀 銅漆金自在觀音坐像 Provenance: Giselle Croes, 6 September 2006 Collection van Tieghem 來源: Giselle Croes, 2006年9月6日 van Tieghem舊藏 Bodhisattvas seated in the posture of 'royal ease' with right leg raised and left leg extended in front, depicting the "water-moon shuiyue guanyin also referred to as a Potala guanyin first appeared in paintings in China during the late Tang dynasty, and reached the height of popularity in sculpture in the Song period. See Denise Leidy's discussion of the Metropolitan Museum's Shuiyue Guanyin (28.56, Flectcher Fund, 1928) in Wisdom Embodied: Chinese Buddhist and Daoist Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011, no. 24 pp. 116-119. The slender form and sumptuous garments of the Lewis guanyin find parallels in the diminutive wood Cleveland Museum of Art Potala guanyin, dated to the Five Dynasties (907-960) period (1965.556, Gift of Mrs. A Dean Perry). See also a small gilt bronze Water and Moon (Potala) Guanyin in Cleveland (1984.7, the Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund), dated to the Five Dynasties-Song period (960-1279), 17.6cm (6 5/16cm). A Liao-Jin dynasty example of a wood figure in the same pose and attire was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 May 2018, lot 2858. A Song-Yuan dynasty gilt-lacquered bronze figure in the same pose was sold at Sotheby's New York, 16 September 2017, lot 874.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Bonhams London
Title: Fine Chinese Paintings and Works of Art
Date of the auction: 9 Sep 2019
Address: Bonhams London
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