Lot 1300: Cambodian Buddha and Bodhisattvas Mandala Tableau
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 19th century AD. A tiered rectangular bronze base with figure of Buddha with hands pressed together sitting cross-legged on a dais beneath a canopy of seven headed naga serpent, five similar figures below and seven more on the lower tier; discoid offering bowl to the forward edge, hollow to the underside. 3.5 kg, 26cm (10 1/4"). From the Cheuk family collection; acquired before 1990. The piece is a three dimensional representation of a mandala, representing the cosmic realm of the Buddha. Such objects are used as tools in meditation where the practitioner would contemplate each of the figures and their relevance at each tier of the Buddhist cosmos. Each Bodhisattva would represent a different level of mental perfection that the aspirant would meditate upon, with the Buddha at the top representing the purest and most perfect form to be achieved.
Condition Report: Good condition.