A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century
Lot 8012
A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya
Qing dynasty, 18th century
US$ 25,000 - 40,000
£20,000 - 31,000

Fine Asian Works of Art

27 Jun 2017, 12:00 PDT

San Francisco

Lot Details
A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya Qing dynasty, 18th century
A large gilt copper alloy repoussé figure of Ushnishavijaya
Qing dynasty, 18th century
Of tall lithe build, the three heads of the female deity supporting elaborate diadems surrounding her high chignon above faces ritually-adorned in pigments to highlight the eyes, wisdom eyes and mouths forming both wrathful and benevolent expressions above massive turquoise overlay earrings and jewels adorning her royal raiment of flowing tassels draped over eight elegantly rendered hands supporting separately cast implements including a visvajra, bow, arrow, and kalasa-shaped plaque displaying the seed syllable of Amitayus, all seated dhyanasana upon a sturdily rendered double lotus plinth.
24 1/4in (61.6cm) high

Footnotes

  • For an in-depth discussion on the difficulty of determining the sites of production for bronze figures cast to serve the needs of the very international Vajrayana Buddhism as practiced in the Qing Empire of the 18th century, see Patricia Berger, Empire of Emptiness: Buddhist Art and Political Authority in Qing China (Honolulu: University of Hawaii, 2003), 29-31. However, the tall, thin and smaller-chested characteristics of the present lot, similar to the 17th century Zanabazar prototypes she describes at length, suggests the piece may likely have been made for the court by the imperial ateliers in Dolonnor, Inner Mongolia.
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