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Auction archive: Lot number 12

A rare inscribed gilt bronze votive altar group of Amitabha, Buddha of the Western Paradise China, Tang Dynasty, dated 687 AD

The Arts of Buddha
22 Sep 2004
Estimate
US$50,000 - US$70,000
Price realised:
US$60,000
Auction archive: Lot number 12

A rare inscribed gilt bronze votive altar group of Amitabha, Buddha of the Western Paradise China, Tang Dynasty, dated 687 AD

The Arts of Buddha
22 Sep 2004
Estimate
US$50,000 - US$70,000
Price realised:
US$60,000
Beschreibung:

A rare inscribed gilt bronze votive altar group of Amitabha, Buddha of the Western Paradise China, Tang Dynasty, dated 687 AD probably invoking a vision of the Western Paradise, with separate figural components set in a square pedestal base with high corner legs, barbed aprons and splayed feet, with a small kneeling Atlas figure supporting either a stupa or a lotus flower framed by scrolling leaves, rising before a very large figure of Amitabha, seated in dhyanasana upon a high lotus throne of octagonal section with lobed lappets and tasseled swags, his robes falling over the lotus petals on the front, wrapping around his shoulders and held secure in his resting right hand leaving the left hand raised in abhaya mudra, the benevolent face framed with a pierced circular aureole of flames rising to a peak, all flanked by Ananda holding a long-handled censer and Kasyapa holding an almsbowl, a figure of a bodhisattva holding possibly a feather whisk or vajra-club standing on a lotus, a pair of muscular lokapala in opposing poses on rockwork with fluttering scarves, and a small seated lion, all framed by four corner balustrades set with lotus-bud finials Quantity: 17 height 9 in., 23 cm

Auction archive: Lot number 12
Auction:
Datum:
22 Sep 2004
Auction house:
Sotheby's
New York
Beschreibung:

A rare inscribed gilt bronze votive altar group of Amitabha, Buddha of the Western Paradise China, Tang Dynasty, dated 687 AD probably invoking a vision of the Western Paradise, with separate figural components set in a square pedestal base with high corner legs, barbed aprons and splayed feet, with a small kneeling Atlas figure supporting either a stupa or a lotus flower framed by scrolling leaves, rising before a very large figure of Amitabha, seated in dhyanasana upon a high lotus throne of octagonal section with lobed lappets and tasseled swags, his robes falling over the lotus petals on the front, wrapping around his shoulders and held secure in his resting right hand leaving the left hand raised in abhaya mudra, the benevolent face framed with a pierced circular aureole of flames rising to a peak, all flanked by Ananda holding a long-handled censer and Kasyapa holding an almsbowl, a figure of a bodhisattva holding possibly a feather whisk or vajra-club standing on a lotus, a pair of muscular lokapala in opposing poses on rockwork with fluttering scarves, and a small seated lion, all framed by four corner balustrades set with lotus-bud finials Quantity: 17 height 9 in., 23 cm

Auction archive: Lot number 12
Auction:
Datum:
22 Sep 2004
Auction house:
Sotheby's
New York
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