A large gilt-lacquered wood figure of Buddha, China, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Photo Sotheby’s
portrayed seated in dhyanasana with left hand indhyanamudra, the sanghati drawn across the left shoulder and over the right, falling in folds over the neatly pleated antaravasaka, the full face with downcast eyes flanking a straight angular nose with an urna on the forehead, beneath hair piled over the jewel-crownedushnisha. Height 33 in., 83.8 cm. Estimation 200,000 — 300,000 USD
The technique of coating carved wood figures with gilt-lacquer appears to have emerged during the early part of the Ming dynasty and continued into the Qing. The physical characteristics of the present lot echo those of Tibetan gilt-bronze images and reflects the influence of Tibetan Buddhism on Chinese art.
A similar gilt-lacquered wood figure with its original double lotus pedestal was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 8th October 2010, lot 2795, and two smaller examples are in the collection of the Palace Museum and illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum, Sculpture Series, vol. 9, Beijing, 2011, nos. 141 and 143.
Sotheby’s. Images of Enlightenment: Devotional Works of Art and Paintings, New York | 17 sept. 2014, 10:00 AM