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Images of Enlightenment

Devotional Works of Art & Paintings

Sotheby's New York

Sale 9395

10 AM, September 16, 2015

Thangka with Chakrasamvara

Lot 405, Thangka with Chakrasamvara and Vajravarahi, China, Qing Dynasty, 18th Century, 36 1/2 by 26 1/2 inches

By Carter B. Horsley

The September 16, 2015 auction at Sotheby's New York entitled "Images of Enlightenment Devotional Works of Art & Painting" contains many interesting objects including a finely embroidered thangka from the Qing Dynasty, a very good album of Bodhi leaves, a fine two-dragon celadon jade seal, and numerous gilt-bronze figurines.

With four faces and 12 arms, Chakrasamvara holds in Lot 405, a Qing Dynasty thangka from the 18th century a flayed elephant skin, a drum, an axe, a trident, a lasso, a skullcape and severed heads and he and his consort Vajravarahi  trample supine figueres atop a lotus throne within a flaming rainbow.  It has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.  It sold for $1,510,000 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.

The sale total was $3,876,500 with about 74 percent of the 79 offered lots selling.

Lot 406

Lot 406, a Qing Dynasty 18th Century thangka depicting Shri Devi, 24 1/2 by 17 inches

A smaller thangka is Lot 406 and it depicts Shri Devi, a Tibetan form of an ancient Indian goddess who was worshipped to cure and suppress diseases and she was reincroporated as a protectress of Buddhist faith and a special protectress of the Dalai and Panchen Lamas and the guardian of Lhasa.  She is shown astride a mule with serpent reins within a fiery halo galloping through lake of blood with three bloodshot eyes and a flayed human skin across her shoulders and a garland of severed heads and a tiger skin around her waist.  It has an modest estimate of $25,0900 to $35,000.  It sold for $43,750.


Lot 401

Lot 401, a Tibetan thangka from the 18th Century depicting Avalokiteshvara, 26 3/8 by 18 1/2 inches

Lot 401 is a very nice 18th Century Tibetan thangka depicting Avalokiteshvara.  It measures 26 3/8 by 18 1/2 inches  It  has an estimate of $12,000 to $18,000.  It sold for $12.000.

Lot 429

Lot 429, gilt-bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara, 6 5/8 inches high

Lot 429 is a gilt bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara, China, Liao Dynasty.  It is 6 5/8 inches high.  It has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.  It sold for $125,000.


Bodhi album leaf

Lot 464, a Bodhi leaf album from the Qing Dynasty, 19th century, 10 7/8 by 7 1/2 inches


Lot 464 is an album of 14 Bodhi leaves from the 19th Century.  The Qing Dynasty album, which is the frontispeace of the catalogue, is 10 7/8 by 7 1/2 inches and each leaf if finely painted in ink and watercolor with Buddhist figures opposite sutra text written in gold ink on blue paper.  The lot has a modest estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.  It sold for $27,500.


Dragon jade seal

Lot 465, "Dragon Buddhist seal, celadon jade, China, Qing Dynasty, 2 5/8 inches high

Lot 465 is a very impressive celadon jade Buddhist seal of two dragons from China.  The Qing Dynasty piece is 2 5/8 inches high.  The characters of the face of the seal are the Chinese title of the leader of a sect of the laargest sub-school of the Kagyu, one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It sold for $75,000.


Longnu

Lot 437, a gilt bronze figure of Longnu, China, Ming Dynasty, 16th-17th Century, 18 1/4 inches high

Lot 437 is an elegant figure of Longnu, the daughter of the Dragon King, who would have stood to the left oan image of Guanyin with a matching figure of Sudhana on the right. These two youths are considered Guanyin's acadolytes.  It is 18 1/4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It sold for $37,500.


Lots 410 and 413

Lot 410, Tibeto-Chinese gilt bronze figure of Milarepa, 18th Century, 4 inches high, left; and Lot 413, right, a gilt-bronze figure of the great fifth Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso, Tibet, 17th-18th Century, 5 1/2 inches high

Lot 410, is a nice Tibeto-Chinese figure of Milarepa from the 18th Century.  It is 4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It failed to sell.

Lot 413 is a nice Tibetan gilt bronze figure from the 17th-18th century of fifth Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso. It is 5 1/2 inches high.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $27,500.

Lots 449 and 473

Lot 449, gilt-bronze figure of eleven-headed Avalokitesvara, China, Qing Dynasty, 18th Century, 4 inches high, left; and Lot 473, a gilt-bronze figure of Samantabhadra atop an elephant, Tibet, 18th Century, 4 1/2 inches high

Lot 473 is a nice Tibetan 18th Century gilt bronze figure of Samantabhadra atop an elephant. It is 4 1/2 inches high.  It has an estimate of $5,000 to $7,000.  It sold for $7,250.

Lot 449 is a gilt-bronze figure of an eleven-headed Avalokitesvara from China, Qing Dynasty, 18th Century.  It is 4 inches high and has an estimate of $3,000 to $5,000.  It sold for $3,750.
  

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