405, Thangka with Chakrasamvara and Vajravarahi, China, Qing Dynasty,
18th Century, 36 1/2 by 26 1/2 inches
By Carter B.
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
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, a
Qing Dynasty 18th Century thangka depicting Shri Devi, 24 1/2 by 17
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, a
Tibetan thangka from the 18th Century depicting Avalokiteshvara, 26 3/8
by 18 1/2 inches
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.
gilt-bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara, 6 5/8 inches high
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.
Lot 464, a Bodhi leaf album from the Qing Dynasty, 19th century, 10 7/8
by 7 1/2 inches
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
sold for $27,500.
"Dragon Buddhist seal, celadon jade, China, Qing Dynasty, 2 5/8 inches
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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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