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AN EXTREMELY RARE IMPERIAL CARVED AND INSCRIBED BOXWOOD 'MANJUSHRI AND...

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Estimate: HK$8,000,000 - HK$10,000,000
ca. US$1,024,156 - US$1,280,196
Price realised:  n. a.
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AN EXTREMELY RARE IMPERIAL CARVED AND INSCRIBED BOXWOOD 'MANJUSHRI AND LION' GROUP SEAL MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG (DATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH 1761) exquisitely carved to depict Manjushri seated in rajalilasana atop a lotus-form saddle on the fringed caparison of a lion, the tonsured bodhisattva portrayed with a serene expression and dressed in loose robes and holding a string of prayer beads in the right hand, the mythical beast rendered standing foursquare with the head turned to the left, further decorated with a bushy mane and tail detailed with fine incisions, the group with a standing foreign attendant with one hand on the collar of the beast, the figure depicted with curly hair and beard and clad in loose robes tied with a long sash at the front, all atop an irregular base decorated with cloud scrolls, the base inscribed with an imperial poem with traces of blue pigment identifying the deity as Manjushri, dated to the xinsi year of the Qianlong period (in accordance with 1761), followed by a red seal mark reading guxiang ('ancient fragrance'), the wood with a rich reddish-brown patina, wood stand h. 10 cm, 3 7/8 in.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Sotheby's
Title: Water, Pine and Stone Retreat Collection – Treasures
Date of the auction: 3 Oct 2017
Address: Sotheby's
Hong Kong