Saturday, January 20, 2018

Chinese Buddhist devotional art leads Gianguan Auctions March sale

Sui Dynasty gilt-bronze altarpiece of Buddha Maitreya with seven Buddha on lotus blossom thrones. Gianguan Auctions, March, 2018.
Gianguan Auctions will hold its 16th annual spring sale on Saturday, March 10. Marquee properties include a rare Sui Dynasty Buddhist altarpiece, a Northern Qi Buddhist stele and a Western Wei Shrine. From the unifying Sui period comes a gilt-bronze altarpiece of Buddha Maitreya that suggests the Seven Buddhas on the Great Tower of Asoka. Of exceptional definition, the Maitreya is seated in dhyanasana with hands positioned in karanamudra. Gallery previews begin Thursday, March 1 and continue through Friday, Mar. 9 (10AM - 7PM EST). The auction starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 10 and will be online at, & [More]