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Treasures for sale during Asia Week, part 2 – Indian & Southeast Asian Art

March 20, 2012

Lot 707: A gray schist figure of a pensive bodhisattva Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century 22½ in. (57.2 cm.) high. Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000. HAMMER PRICE $130,000.

Christie’s sale of Indian and Southeast Asian art continues on Wednesday, March 21. Here’s a selection of works (POST SALE NOTE: One absentee bidder purchased lots 720, 742, 743, 750, 757, 792, 816, 822, 824 AND 837; and one telephone bidder purchased lots 791, 811, 827, 828, and 835).

This rare type of ‘Pensive Bodhisattva’ originates in the Gandharan region during the Kushan period and is of extraordinary significance for further stylistic and iconographic developments throughout Asia, culminating in the iconographic type of a seated Maitreya in Korea and Japan by the 7th century.

Lot 707: A gray schist figure of a pensive bodhisattva Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century 22½ in. (57.2 cm.) high. Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000. HAMMER PRICE $130,000.

Lot 724: A gray schist figure of Maitreya, Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century, 29¼ in. (74.3 cm.) high. Estimate: $100,000 - $150,000. HAMMER PRICE $120,000.

Lot 768: A large silver- and copper-inlaid bronze figure of a lama,Tibet, 15th Century, 18¾ in. (47.6 cm.) high, Estimate: $280,000 - $350,000. "BIDDING" ON THIS LOT STOPPED AT $200,000 AND IT WENT UNSOLD.

Seated in dhyanasana on a double-lotus base with beaded rims, the right hand held invitarkamudra and the left supporting a water pot, flanked by lotus blossoms at the shoulders each supporting a diminutive seated figures and a sword at his right and a book at his left, dressed in a patchwork robe incised with a foliate pattern and inlaid with copper and silver, the face with benevolent expression with copper-inlaid lips and silver- and copper-inlaid eyes.

This work is impressive both for its large size, which dwarfs most sculptural images of lamas, and for its extensive inlay. The patches of the robe are elegantly rendered in silver and copper, which brings color to an otherwise monochromatic sculpture. The inlay is also found in the eyes, with the copper constituting the whites and the silver the irises, adding a glint of life behind the gaze.

Lot 788: A large and important gilt bronze figure of Buddha
Nepal, circa 14th Century, 23 in. (58.4 cm.) high, Estimate: $500,000 - $700,000. "BIDDING" ON THIS LOT STOPPED AT $420,000 AND IT WENT UNSOLD.

This large bronze is elegantly modeled in the Newari style, with tightly fitted diaphanous sanghatiwith beaded hems elegantly draped across the shoulder, revealing a well modeled torso and finely articulated fingers and toes. Due to its size, it is constructed of two parts inconspicuously joined at the waist. The underside retains traces of red lacquer as well as three consecrations, two square ones towards the front and a round one at the back. The copper plate is incised with the eight auspicious symbols.

Lot 788: A large and important gilt bronze figure of Buddha
Nepal, circa 14th Century, 23 in. (58.4 cm.) high, Estimate: $500,000 – $700,000. “BIDDING” ON THIS LOT STOPPED AT $420,000 AND IT WENT UNSOLD.

Lot 825: A gilt bronze figure of Tara, Tibet, 15th Century, 11 in. (27.9 cm.) high. Estimate: $200,000 – $300,000. “BIDDING” ON THIS LOT STOPPED AT $150,000 AND IT WENT UNSOLD.

Lot 836: An Important Buff Sandstone Torso of Uma, Khmer, Angkor period, Pre Rup, 10th century, 29¾ in. (75.6 cm.) high. Estimate: $350,000 – $450,000. HAMMER PRICE $950,000.

This is a very rare and early representation of a female deity with superb purity of form. The top of the sarong is draped across the waistline and the hemline is flared towards the top. It is carved with delicate folds at the neck (trivali) and fine wavy lines are incised beneath the breasts and navel, an unusual feature.

Lot 836: An Important Buff Sandstone Torso of Uma, Khmer, Angkor period, Pre Rup, 10th century, 29¾ in. (75.6 cm.) high. Estimate: $350,000 - $450,000. HAMMER PRICE $950,000.

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