12th Mar, 2019 10:00 EST

Asian Arts

 
  Lot 83
 

83

A Chinese gilt bronze figure of Budai
Ming dynasty, 16th/17th century

The smiling figure in rajalilasana with a loosely fitted robe with incised floral decoration, holding a string of prayer beads in his right hand while clutching a cloth bag in his left, seated on a "brocade" cushion. NOTE: The jovial Budai with his bag of abundance has been a popular subject for bronze and gilt-bronze sculptors since the Ming dynasty. For a larger example of this type, dated 1428, from the collection of Stephen Junkunc, III, see Christie's New York, September 13-14, 2018, lot 1134. See also the slightly larger two examples in the Chang Foundation, dated to the 16th/17th century, illustrated in "Buddhist Images in Gilt Metal", Taipei 1993, pp 62-64, nos. 24, 25.

H: 7 1/4 in., 18.4cm

Provenance: Property from a Pennsylvania private collection.

Sold for $12,500
Estimated at $3,000 - $5,000


 

The smiling figure in rajalilasana with a loosely fitted robe with incised floral decoration, holding a string of prayer beads in his right hand while clutching a cloth bag in his left, seated on a "brocade" cushion. NOTE: The jovial Budai with his bag of abundance has been a popular subject for bronze and gilt-bronze sculptors since the Ming dynasty. For a larger example of this type, dated 1428, from the collection of Stephen Junkunc, III, see Christie's New York, September 13-14, 2018, lot 1134. See also the slightly larger two examples in the Chang Foundation, dated to the 16th/17th century, illustrated in "Buddhist Images in Gilt Metal", Taipei 1993, pp 62-64, nos. 24, 25.

Provenance: Property from a Pennsylvania private collection.

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