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Auction archive: Lot number 27

A LIMESTONE FIGURE OF A LOKAPALA

Estimate
US$20,000 - US$30,000
Price realised:
n. a.
Auction archive: Lot number 27

A LIMESTONE FIGURE OF A LOKAPALA

Estimate
US$20,000 - US$30,000
Price realised:
n. a.
Beschreibung:

A LIMESTONE FIGURE OF A LOKAPALATang Dynasty or later
The Buddhist deity wearing a high crown and long robe with long sash, looking to his right with a fierce expression, top of the halo behind his head broken, his right hand bent at the chest and left hand holding a short staff, all supported by a thick square base, the grey stone of even texture with few earth encrustations.
40in (101.6cm) highFootnotes唐或更晚 青石天王立像
Provenance:
Alice Boney, New York, 26 February 1985
Collection of Florence (1920-2018) and Herbert (1917-2016) Irving, no. 936
Published:
Christy, Anita. "The Irving Collection: At Home in the Metropolitan Museum of Art", Orientations, November 1991, p. 63, fig. 4.
來源:
紐約龐耐古董行,1985年2月26日
Irving伉儷舊藏,藏品序號936
出版:
Christy, Anita著,"The Irving Collection: At Home in the Metropolitan Museum of Art",Orientations月刊,1991年11月號,頁63,插圖4
The closest comparison with our figure appears to be a guardian that stands at the entrance of Cave 8, at Tianlongshan, Shanxi province and illustrated by Oswald Siren in a chapter entitled 'Chinese Sculpture' published in Chinese Art, A Selection of Articles from the new 14th Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, New York and London, 1932, Chapter 7, no page numbers listed, pl. VII. Like our figure it stands on outsize feet, has an arm raised and bent, and wears delicately folding and ribboned robes. The head bears a strong resemblance with its knotted brows, aquiline nose, large ears, and similar oval crown with foliate decoration.
Another large figure in a slightly more dramatic pose with bared chest was published in The International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1935-36, no. 2469 dated to the 6-7th century and lent by C.T. Loo, Paris. A further bare-chested figure with some corresponding features in the similarity of the sandstone material, the large feet with articulated bone structure and the treatment of the drapery is illustrated in China 5,000 Years, Innovation and Transformation in the Arts, Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1998, no. 168, from the Sichuan Provincial Museum, Chengdu.
See also a comparable white guardian spirit dated to the Sui dynasty and unearthed at the Xiude Temple, Quyang in Hebei Province, illustrated in Inscriptions and Sculptures, The Complete Collections of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 2008, p. 182, no. 175.Saleroom noticesPlease note lot 27, the figure of a Lokapala, is made of sandstone.

Auction archive: Lot number 27
Auction:
Datum:
18 Sep 2023
Auction house:
Bonhams London
101 New Bond Street
London, W1S 1SR
United Kingdom
info@bonhams.com
+44 (0)20 74477447
+44 (0)20 74477401
Beschreibung:

A LIMESTONE FIGURE OF A LOKAPALATang Dynasty or later
The Buddhist deity wearing a high crown and long robe with long sash, looking to his right with a fierce expression, top of the halo behind his head broken, his right hand bent at the chest and left hand holding a short staff, all supported by a thick square base, the grey stone of even texture with few earth encrustations.
40in (101.6cm) highFootnotes唐或更晚 青石天王立像
Provenance:
Alice Boney, New York, 26 February 1985
Collection of Florence (1920-2018) and Herbert (1917-2016) Irving, no. 936
Published:
Christy, Anita. "The Irving Collection: At Home in the Metropolitan Museum of Art", Orientations, November 1991, p. 63, fig. 4.
來源:
紐約龐耐古董行,1985年2月26日
Irving伉儷舊藏,藏品序號936
出版:
Christy, Anita著,"The Irving Collection: At Home in the Metropolitan Museum of Art",Orientations月刊,1991年11月號,頁63,插圖4
The closest comparison with our figure appears to be a guardian that stands at the entrance of Cave 8, at Tianlongshan, Shanxi province and illustrated by Oswald Siren in a chapter entitled 'Chinese Sculpture' published in Chinese Art, A Selection of Articles from the new 14th Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, New York and London, 1932, Chapter 7, no page numbers listed, pl. VII. Like our figure it stands on outsize feet, has an arm raised and bent, and wears delicately folding and ribboned robes. The head bears a strong resemblance with its knotted brows, aquiline nose, large ears, and similar oval crown with foliate decoration.
Another large figure in a slightly more dramatic pose with bared chest was published in The International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1935-36, no. 2469 dated to the 6-7th century and lent by C.T. Loo, Paris. A further bare-chested figure with some corresponding features in the similarity of the sandstone material, the large feet with articulated bone structure and the treatment of the drapery is illustrated in China 5,000 Years, Innovation and Transformation in the Arts, Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1998, no. 168, from the Sichuan Provincial Museum, Chengdu.
See also a comparable white guardian spirit dated to the Sui dynasty and unearthed at the Xiude Temple, Quyang in Hebei Province, illustrated in Inscriptions and Sculptures, The Complete Collections of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 2008, p. 182, no. 175.Saleroom noticesPlease note lot 27, the figure of a Lokapala, is made of sandstone.

Auction archive: Lot number 27
Auction:
Datum:
18 Sep 2023
Auction house:
Bonhams London
101 New Bond Street
London, W1S 1SR
United Kingdom
info@bonhams.com
+44 (0)20 74477447
+44 (0)20 74477401
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