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Lot 1299: Chinese Gilt Deer Statue
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 14th-16th century AD. A Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze model of a deer, modelled supine on its front legs, head bent and looking upwards; finely detailed fur markings and details to the face. 1.30 kg, 15cm (6"). Ex North London collection; acquired in London, UK, in the late 1990s. This would have formed part of a group of two deer looking up at the eight spoked wheel, known as dharmachakra, and which represents the teachings of the Buddha. The deer allude to the Deer Park at Sarnath in Northern India where the Buddha gave his first sermon to his disciples after gaining enlightenment. The deer also has an association with long life in both Chinese and Tibetan lore. The deer can also represent the disciples of the Buddha as they attentively listen to the teachings of their master, and in Buddhism, the deer symbolizes harmony, happiness and peace
Condition Report: Very fine condition.