Tuesday, May 30, 2017

"The Perfect Countenance" - Fine Buddhist works of art at auction

Early Ming figure of Caturbhuja Manjusri estimated at $1,031,638
Christie's Inc. will auction a very rare imperial gilt-bronze figure of the diety Caturbhuja from the period 1426-1435. The figure is intricately modeled seated in dhyanasana on a double-lotus base with four arms. The upper right hand is wielding a sword above his head, and the lower left hand holding a lotus stem supporting a book of the ‘Perfection of Wisdom’, Prajnaparamita Sutra, to one side of the shoulder. [Bid]

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Christies, Inc. said...

Christie’s Hong Kong Spring 2017 season achieved a total of over HK$2.45bn / $316 million, with competitive bidding from Asian and international clients across 16 live auctions. ‘We have had another strong season of sales with multiple world records for top masterpieces,’ commented Rebecca Wei, President of Christie’s Asia. ‘Over the week we saw buyers from 32 markets, with almost a fifth of them being new to Christie’s.’ The Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art auction series totalled HK$731,728,750 / $94,359,895, with 92 per cent sold by lot in the new Contemporaries: Voices from East and West Evening Sale, and 37 per cent of lots selling above high estimate. "The Perfect Countenance — Fine Buddhist Works of Art," sale totalled HK$84,340,000, and was 93.2 per cent sold by value including an Early Ming figure of Caturbhuja Manjusri estimated at $1,031,638 which realized $1,246,142.