Asian Works of Art
3rd session

April 04 - April 25, 2024


This session is closed for bidding.
Current bid: $32,500 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

8060 25-Apr-2024 02:56:27 PM $32,500 AutoBid

942952 25-Apr-2024 11:46:38 AM $30,000

871327 25-Apr-2024 09:29:30 AM $27,500 AutoBid

942731 23-Apr-2024 07:30:15 AM $25,000 AutoBid

822913 23-Apr-2024 07:30:14 AM $22,500 AutoBid

942731 21-Apr-2024 11:06:52 AM $20,000 AutoBid

917948 21-Apr-2024 11:06:52 AM $19,000

942731 10-Apr-2024 12:41:34 PM $18,000

824487 10-Apr-2024 12:39:33 PM $17,000 AutoBid

942731 10-Apr-2024 12:39:33 PM $16,000

824487 05-Apr-2024 04:07:28 PM $15,000 AutoBid

The bidding history list updated on: Monday, July 22, 2024 04:26:31

LOT 214


A Large Chinese Gilt Bronze Seated Figure of Buddha Shakyamuni, Ming Dynasty, 16th/17th Century
12 3/4 x 10 1/4 x 6 1/2 in, 32.4 x 26 x 16.5 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD

Sold for: $40,250

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Acquired by a Private Collection, Montreal, mid-1980s

Seated in padmasana (lotus position) with right hand in bhumisparsha mudra (earth witness gesture) and dhyana mudra (meditation), the sculpture of the historical Buddha well-cast with sharp details throughout, the robe with floral brocade edges while exposing a bare chest containing the swastika, the ancient Sanskrit symbol of well-being, the head of robust proportions and containing downcast eyes, a full nose, fleshy lips and pendulous ears, the forehead with an urna (third eye), while the hair consists of tight whorls and a cranial bump. Remnants of polychrome in the eyes and lips.

The present figure of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni is a fine example of a late Ming Dynasty Buddhist sculpture. Despite missing the large lotus stand, this figure still stands at just over 12 inches (30 centimeters) high. The quality of the casting is exceptional, especially in the overall proportions, the floral brocade borders along the robes, the sinuous fingers and the gentle reverence of the face. This type of sculpture would have been situated in an important temple or palace setting, and part of a larger group of similar figures on a high altar.

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