Cast iron (or maybe bronze?) with lacquer and gold
Height: 48.1 cm / 18.9 in
Weight: 19.6 lb / 8.9 kg
From the estate of Sir Cecil Nixon
A huge and tall figure of Ananda, partially gilded and covered with lacquer. One of the ten disciples of the Buddha, Ananda is typically portrayed as a handsome youth with closed eyes, tranquil features, and drooping ears. He is often juxtaposed with the elderly Kasyapa, a pairing seen in Chinese Buddhist devotional art since the 4th century.
In 17th century Ming dynasty, Ananda was almost always portrayed as a standing figure with clasped hands, garbed in simple robes. This particular statue is no exception: powerfully modeled along minimalistic lines, Ananda appears serene and contemplative.
A note on the provenance: This piece once belonged to the collection of Sir Cecil Nixon. In the 1980s it was taken to the Victoria & Albert museum and was appraised by an expert as 18th century Chinese. A subsequently appraisal by a notable London dealer of Chinese works of art placed it as 16th century or earlier.
Condition: Excellent antique condition. No damage and no repairs. There is age wear to the gilding of the figure's head, and the interior shows significant build-up of rust. Lacquer is still intact. [Please view all photos carefully, as they are part of the condition report.]