Lot 7057: GILT BRONZE AVALOKITESHVARA SEATED FIGURE

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December 17, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, US
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Description: The Avalokiteshvara seated on top of double lotus throne pad in dhyanasana, hands raised to chest level in mudra, a lotus branch decorated on each arm, head slightly tilted in serene expression, front incised with six character YONGLE reign mark, bottom incised with vajra mark. Height: 10 in (25.4 cm) Width: 6 3/16 in (15.7 cm) 永樂年製 銅鎏金觀音像 此尊藏傳佛教造像頭戴多瓣式花冠,寶髻前有化佛,為觀音像特有的表徵。面相方圓飽滿,有水滴狀白毫相。纖眉細目,眼瞼微開,作下視狀,高鼻薄唇,大耳掛鐺,垂承至肩,表情端莊,嘴角含露笑意。短頸寬肩,有肉節紋,豐胸收腰,臂長手秀,指勢自如,剛柔相兼;袒上身,飾瓔珞,略見華麗。結跏趺坐於仰覆式雙重蓮花座上。下著長裙,褶襞及座,飄垂自然,刻畫流暢,質感極強。此像為明代永樂年間典型的欽定造像構式,蓮花座面上沿鑲刻有“大明永樂年施”款。自左及右,楷書,字體端正。整件作品製作精良,雕刻細膩,造型典雅,尤其衣褶的風動感和人體的柔和感,顯得格外優美,充分體現出明永樂朝崇尚的一種協調、準確、精緻、成熟的造型美。 明史記載,永樂年間中央政府曾大量施造佛像造型,與青藏宗教上層互為饋贈,已加強聯絡。到了永樂六年,更將佛教造像作為禮物互為祈福,通納,由此成為習俗和常理,即所謂的“賜佛製度”。故此款有官款的造型就是中央政府所定之像,且大多尺寸在18釐米至28釐米之間,罕見刻款大像矣。此像底部尤為完好。一則可見當時製作之講究;二則亦可知歷來收藏之用心。收藏及禮拜之價值實是非同一般。
Dimensions: Height: 10 in (25.4 cm) Width: 6 3/16 in (15.7 cm)
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