Impressive and large, lacquer-gilt bronze image depicting the God of Mt. Heng (Hengshan Gongjun) in Hebei, the northern peak in the Daoist system of Five Holy Mountains. He is seated on a low throne-like base holding fan and wish-fulfilling pearl and wears the garb of a heavenly official. The god can be so identified on the basis of the symbol (‘true form’) of the mountain placed on the lower robe between the god’s feet (see close-up). The image is therefore rather rare, as very few images of th ...click for details
A champlevé enamel copper figure of a Luohan. H. 17 cm. Qing, 19th cent. Condition: allover good condition with very minor losses to enamel.
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A fine bronze image of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Guanshiyin) seated in meditation posture on a high, detachable throne in two parts in the form of a lotus growing from the sea. Below a dragon. The bodhisattva wears a peaked crown with a small image of Amitabha Buddha in the center. On the shoulders are vase (kundika) and parrot. Ming, early Wanli period, before 1600. H 32.5 cm (with throne). Condition: Very good. Some wear. Slightly wobbling base.
A fire gilt bronze image depicting the primordial Buddha Vajradhara (Dorje Chang), Vajra Holder, Enlightened One. The Buddha has a broad face and a tiara with the top knot ending in a vajra, he holds the vajra and bell crossed in front of his chest in the characteristic attitude. Bands of pearls cover the upper body as well as the dhoti. Some of the original semi-precious stones still remain. Unsealed. Tibet, 16th cent. H 14,8 cm. Condition: Good with some wear and rubbing to gilt surface partic ...click for details
A hollow-cast bronze image of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Guanyin). On either shoulder parrot and kundika-vase. Fairly good details. The image is covered in dark, brown patina with remains of gilt and color. Late Ming, ca. 1600. H 26 cm. Condition: Very good all-over with two minor holes to base (original casting flaws).
A well-cast bronze image of the Long-life Buddha Amitayus (Wuliangshou Fo) seated in lotus posture holding the vase of nectar (kalasa) with both hands. He wear the usual five-pointed crown characteristic of this buddha. Original sealing. Tibet, 17th cent. H 12.3 cm. Condition: Good casting and nice, serene expression, but rubbed with consequential loss of gilt due to age and handling.
A well carved wood image depicting Sakyamuni Buddha holding the begging bowl in his left hand and the right hand in Bhumisparsa Mudra, the gesture of touching the earth to invoke the it as witness to His Enlightenment. East Tibet, 18th cent. H. 21 cm. Condition: generally good for the age; fine, dark patina.
A very attractive and slender-bodied gilt-bronze image of the Dhyani-Buddha Ratnasambhava (Buddha of the South). This relatively rare image is depicted as seated in lotus posture with the extended right hand and open palm. He is crowned and adorned as is typical for images of the Five Buddhas. Tibet, 17th cent. H. 11,3 cm. Condition: Exceptionally good. Almost no rubbing to gilt. Unclosed with one small prayer roll still stuck inside.
A superbly carved image of the highest quality depicting Sakyamuni Buddhas as ascetic in boxwood (huangyangmu) with inlaid eyes and teeth. Limbs and torso grotesquely exaggerated to underscore the emaciated appearance. Although this type of image is known from later periods, as well as in other materials, they rarely come even near the excellence represented by this carving. China, Qing, early 19th cent. H 18.2 cm. Condition: Excellent.
A small and very attractive bronze image of the Buddha as a new-born calling heaven and earth to witness his birth. The image is standing on a high lotus flower base and has a ribbon tight around his chest. Images of this type are relatively rare and were used for rituals in connection with the celebration of Buddha’s birthday. Rests of lacquer gilding. China, Ming, Wanli period (1573- 1620). H 18,5 cm. Condition: Very good.