Solemnity

Solemnity

Religious Figures in Asian Art

Religious art is one of the most significant art forms in Asia. For millennia, artists have been giving form to the Asian deities, sacred iconographies, and devotional symbols in ways that visually capture their doctrines. For votive and complex ritual practices, religious figures in Asian art are deemed to be powerful and sacred, giving birth to the most beautiful and sophisticated works of art.

GILT BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA MING DYNASTY, YONGLE MARK 明 大明永樂年施刻款 銅鎏金佛座像

LOT 49 | GILT BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA | MING DYNASTY, YONGLE MARK
明 大明永樂年施刻款 銅鎏金佛座像 | 21.5cm high; 2158g | £15,000 - £20,000 + fees

 

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Our curated selection, entitled Solemnity, in our forthcoming Fine Asian & Islamic Works of Art auction includes a selection of religious figures focusing on two thousand years of Asian art, juxtaposing Vajrayana and Mahayana Buddhist, Daoist, and Hindu traditions. This section starts with an early Buddhist sculpture, a rare Western Himalayan cast copper alloy figure of Shakyamuni (lot 44) from the Swat Valley. Then moving geographically eastwards and chronologically forward, we present you a series of Eastern Himalayan and Chinese sculptures, celebrating a multitude of materials and artisanship, including cast gilt, lacquered bronze, and carved wooden divine figures from the Song (960-1279) to Qing Dynasties (1644-1912) (lot 45-52).

 

LOT 44 | COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF SHAKYAMUNI | SWAT VALLEY, 8TH CENTURY 八世紀 斯瓦特 銅鑄釋迦摩尼佛座像 | 15.5cm high; 896g | £10,000 - £15,000 + fees
LOT 44 | COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF SHAKYAMUNI | SWAT VALLEY, 8TH CENTURY
八世紀 斯瓦特 銅鑄釋迦摩尼佛座像 | 15.5cm high; 896g | £10,000 - £15,000 + fees

 

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Painted works are also crucial within Asian religious art. Featuring here are a pair of stucco fresco panels of important Daoist goddess, Xiwangmu- Queen Mother of the West, dated to the Ming Dynasty. These panels would possibly been part of the wall of a temple (lot 53). Moving from Daoist to Vajrayana Buddhist tradition, from China to Tibet, we have two thangkas in this section (lot 54-55) and gilt bronze figures (lot 56-58).

 

PAIR OF STUCCO FRESCO PANELS WITH FEMALE DEITIES MING DYNASTY 明 彩繪西王母圖壁畫(兩幅)LOT 53 | PAIR OF STUCCO FRESCO PANELS WITH FEMALE DEITIES | MING DYNASTY
明 彩繪西王母圖壁畫(兩幅)| 80cm x 45cm each | £8,000 - £12,000 + fees

 

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Solemnity also features a number of comparatively unusual materials depicting divine iconographies, including jade and soapstone carvings, ranging from the Qing Dynasty to the Republic Period (lot 59-62). Worth mentioning is a Japanese grey stone stele of Nyoirin Kanon, Edo Period (lot 63), from the collection of the renowned late businessman Sir Ernest Ridley Debenham (1865-1952). Lot 64 is the only porcelain figure, depicting Cundi Bodhisattva the pearly white Blanc De Chine glaze reflects the divinity and purity of a religious figure.

 

GREY STONE STELE OF NYOIRIN KANNON
LOT 63 | GREY STONE STELE OF NYOIRIN KANNON | EDO PERIOD, DATED 1708AD
江戸 ‘理照妙諦信士 寳永五(戊子)年霜月四日 中沢氏’刻文 如意輪観音石碑 | 93cm high | £1,000 - £1,500 + fees

 

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Ending this section, we move across to India. Representing Hindu art is lot 65, a red sandstone head of Vishnu, dated to ca. 6 century. The above gives us an overview of religious figures across Asia, a series of beautiful and important works that all share the same sacred and artistic language - solemnity.

 

RED SANDSTONE HEAD OF VISHNULOT 65 | RED SANDSTONE HEAD OF VISHNU | INDIA, GUPTA PERIOD, CIRCA 6TH CENTURY
印度 笈多王朝 紅砂岩雕濕婆神頭像 | 20cm high | £600 - £800 + fees

 

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Auction Information

 

Fine Asian & Islamic Works of Art

Friday 13 May 2022 at 10am

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Viewing at 22 Connaught St, London from Sunday 8th to Thursday 12th May, 10am-5pm each day.

 


 

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GRACE TU | HEAD OF ASIAN ART

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