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Asian Art - Day 1

by Lempertz

Platinum House

522 lots | 499 with images

December 7, 2012

Live Auction

Neumarkt 3

Cologne, 50667 Germany

Phone: +49 221 92 572917

Fax: +49 221 92 57296

Email: info@lempertz.com

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A small Bayon-style sandstone stele of Prajnaparamita. Cambodia. 13th century

Lot 51: A small Bayon-style sandstone stele of Prajnaparamita. Cambodia. 13th century

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Description: A small Bayon-style sandstone stele of Prajnaparamita with a lotus in both her hands, wearing a pleated sampot secured by an ornamental belt. Cambodia. 13th century. Height 31 cm

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Three bronze figures. Thailand/Ceylon

Lot 52: Three bronze figures. Thailand/Ceylon

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Description: Three bronze figures a) a Lopburi style standing four-armed deity. Wooden stand, b) a Thai Buddha Maravijaya on a simple base, and c) a Buddha in meditation, the hands in dhyana mudra. Ceylon. Wooden stand. (3) Height 12 bis 8.3 cm

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A bronze figure of Buddha Maravijaya, Thailand. 18th century or later

Lot 53: A bronze figure of Buddha Maravijaya, Thailand. 18th century or later

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Description: A U-Thong-style bronze figure of Buddha Maravijaya seated in meditation, on a separately cast pedestal with open work reserves and flowers in relief on five short feet.18th century or later. Height 54.5 cm

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A Thai bronze figure of Buddha Maravijaya. 19th century or earlier

Lot 54: A Thai bronze figure of Buddha Maravijaya. 19th century or earlier

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Description: A Thai bronze figure of Buddha Maravijaya seated in meditation on a double lotus above hexagonal base. Traces of gilding on the garment, the large locks of hair and the ketumala. 19th century or earlier. Height 31.5 cm

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A Thai bronze Sukhothai-style torso

Lot 55: A Thai bronze Sukhothai-style torso

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Description: A bronze Sukhothai-style torso with a head (probably modern) and a narrow samghati placed over the left shoulder. Mounted. Height 57.5 cm

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A Ratanakosin bronze figure of a Buddha. 19th century

Lot 56: A Ratanakosin bronze figure of a Buddha. 19th century

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Description: A Ratanakosin bronze figure of a Buddha standing on a lotus above an octagonal base; both hands in abhaya mudra. The ketumala missing. 19th century. Height 31.7 cm

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A Thai walking Buddha

Lot 57: A Thai walking Buddha

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Description: A Thai walking Buddha, the head held to the side, with an alms bowl in front of him and the left hand in vitarka mudra. Height 28 cm

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Lot 58: A Thai bronze hand

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Description: A bronze hand, probably in abhaya mudra. Thailand. Mounted. Height 21.5 cm

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Three ivory figures of Budhha Maravijaya. Thailand. 19th century

Lot 59: Three ivory figures of Budhha Maravijaya. Thailand. 19th century

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Description: Three ivory figures of Budhha Maravijaya all seated in meditation on a high pedestal. Very good patina and age cracks. Ketumala of the smallest figure replaced. Thailand. 19th century. (3) Height from 18 to 10.5 cm

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Four ivory seals. Thailand. 19th century

Lot 60: Four ivory seals. Thailand. 19th century

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Description: Four ivory seals in the shape of stupas (phra-chedi). At the base an angel, a Garuda, a warrior and a dancer respectively. The smallest seal with a crack. Thailand. 19th century. (4) Height from 9.3 to 6.3 cm

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Three ivory seals. Thailand. 19th/20th century

Lot 61: Three ivory seals. Thailand. 19th/20th century

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Description: Three ivory seals with a large handle, handle of one seal missing. At the base an animal amidst plants, plants and ornaments, and a coat of arms. Thailand. 19th/20th century. (3) Height from 9 to 3,3 cm

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An ivory figure of Virgen Dolorosa. Goa or Philippines. 19th century

Lot 62: An ivory figure of Virgen Dolorosa. Goa or Philippines. 19th century

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Description: An ivory figure of Virgen Dolorosa with hands folded in front her chest. Two drill holes at the base. Goa or Philippines. 19th century. Height 14.5 cm

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A 'thangka' of Sarvavid Vairochana Mandala. Tibet. 18th/19th century

Lot 63: A 'thangka' of Sarvavid Vairochana Mandala. Tibet. 18th/19th century

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Description: The four-headed, white Sarvavid-Vairochana in the centre is surrounded by the remaining four 'thatagatas' with their prajnas. In the outer circles are 'bodhisattvas', 'buddhas' and fierce deities among others. At the top Shakyamuni is accompanied by two Gelugpa lamas, Vajradhara, Amitayus and Padmasambhava and the White Tara (?). Below, two 'dakinis', Palden Lhamo and Vaishravana among others. Gouache and gold paint on cloth. Traditional mounting.The ritual text on which this mandala is based was introduced into Tibet by Rinchen Zangpo (958-1052), and is of similar importance to the reformed Tibetan Buddhist schools as 'The Tibetan Book of the Dead' for the Nyingma school. 60 x 41 cm

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A five leafed crown of the Five 'Thatagatas. Tibet. Ca. 18th century

Lot 64: A five leafed crown of the Five 'Thatagatas. Tibet. Ca. 18th century

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Description: A five leafed crown is worn by Tibetan 'lamas' during official ceremonies and affirms the status of the wearer as initiated, capable of conducting tantric rituals. The crown binds the 'lama' with the family of the Five Thatagatas, allocated to the five cardinal directions. From left to right: The red Amitabha, the green Amoghasiddi, the blue Akshobhya, the yellow Ratnasambhava and the white Vairocana; all with multiple arms and heads, embraced by their tantric partners on a lotus throne. The Kalachakra emblem above. Gouache on cloth. Framed behind glass. Ca. 18th century.

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A 'thangka' of Shadakshari-Lokeshvara. Tibet. 19th century

Lot 65: A 'thangka' of Shadakshari-Lokeshvara. Tibet. 19th century

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Description: A Tibetan thangka of Shadakshari Avalokiteshvara accompanied by Mahavairocana, the White and Green Tara in the upper section and Manjushri and Vajrapani below. Gouache and gold paint on cloth. Stained. The traditional mounting damaged. 19th century. 60 x 42 cm

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A 'thangka' of Tsongkhapa. Mongolia. Ca. 18th century.

Lot 66: A 'thangka' of Tsongkhapa. Mongolia. Ca. 18th century.

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Description: A finely executed Mongolian thangka of Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), the founder of the Gelug order, seated on a lion throne with his hands in 'dharmachakra mudra' and with the attributes of Bodhisattva Manjushri, a sword and book. He is surounded by four Gelugpa 'lamas', above right a Dalai Lama, opposite another Gelugpa lama, below left and right his main disciples Gyältsab Dje und Khädup Dje. The upper row from left to right: Kalachakra, Maitreya, Manjushri. The bottom row: Yama, Vajrabhairava and Dorje Dragden. Small fissure. Gouache and gold paint on cloth. Original mounting, framed behind glass. Ca. 18th century. <<< 26 x 20 cm

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A ´thangka` of Padmasambhava and episodes from his life. Nepal (?). Probably 17th century

Lot 67: A ´thangka` of Padmasambhava and episodes from his life. Nepal (?). Probably 17th century

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Description: A 'thangka' of Padmasambhava, the great teacher and tantric master who is believed to have established Buddhism in Tibet in the 8th century, depicted here as Guru Rimpoche, Precious Teacher, richly dressed and seated on a lotus growing from a lake, equipped with 'vajra', 'kapala' and 'khatvanga' and accompanied by his two consorts; Yeshe Tsogyal and Mandarava. The episodes from his life divided up by red stripes inscribed in Tibetan with captions; somewhat illegible due to damage. Gouache on cloth. Framed behind glass. Possibly 17th century, Nepal.

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A Sino-Tibetan thangka of Buddha Shakyamuni, Qianlong period, probably 1779/1780

Lot 68: A Sino-Tibetan thangka of Buddha Shakyamuni, Qianlong period, probably 1779/1780

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Description: A Sino-Tibetan 'thangka' of Buddha Shakyamuni, Qianlong period and probably comissioned for the Xumi fushou temple complex in Chengde, 1779/1780. Shakyamuni' is seated in 'padmasana' on a lotus pedestal raised by a hexagonal throne guarded by a pair of lions in front of which the Offering of the Five Senses is supported by lotus blossoms springing from the water below. His right hand in 'vitarka mudra', the left in his lap, wearing red, gilt-embroidered garments, with a serene expression, framed by a radiating pink nimbus and a jewelled aureole. In front of him are the White and Green Tara. In the sky Amitayus, the Buddha of Infinite Life, holds the Vase of Life and is flanked by attendants floating on clouds and offering gifts. Pale green and blue 'ruyi'-shaped clouds float across the sky above a Chinese-style blue and green landscape. Gouache and gold leaf on cloth. Loss of colour to some areas. Stain. The mounting of yellow imperial silk with medallions of five various colours, over a yellow 'leiwen' pattern, most likely original and from the imperial workshops. Damaged. Curtain missing.Three very similar 'thangkas', in terms of size and composition, can be seen in the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. Two of these bear an inscription under the mounting citing the original location; the temple complex of Xumifushou, near the summer residence of the Manchu emperors in Chengde. The Xumifushou is a miniature version of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery; the seat of the Panchen Lama, the second highest ranking in the ecclesiastical order reigning in Tibet a the time. In 1780 the Qianlong Emperor celebrated his 70th birthday and in order to mark the event the Panchen Lama travelled to China, where the replica of his monastery, as mentioned, was built to house him and his entourage. The depiction of Amitayus in the top centre of the 'thangka', of whom the Panchen Lama is believed to be the incarnation, represents the wish for Long Life and, as with the other three 'thangkas' who feature the same figure, may well indicate that the works were commissioned for the 70th birthday of the Qianlong Emperor and in expectation of the Panchen Lama. 127 x 78,5 cm/174 x 97 cm

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A thangka of Guru Dragpo. Eastern Tibet. 18th century.

Lot 69: A thangka of Guru Dragpo. Eastern Tibet. 18th century.

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Description: An Eastern Tibetan thangka depicting Guru Dragpo, a wrathful form of Padmasambhava. Red-skinned, wearing a skull crown and draped with elephant and tiger skins he stands on a lotus carrying a vajra and a scorpion. In the sky on the left, Padmasambhava and on the right, the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Some creases and losses to paintwork. Gouache and gold paint on cloth. Traditional mounting. 18th century. 43,5 x 29 cm

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A 'thangka' of a Nyingmapa-Lama. Tibet. Ca. 19th century

Lot 70: A 'thangka' of a Nyingmapa-Lama. Tibet. Ca. 19th century

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Description: A Tibetan thangka of a Nyingmapa 'lama' in 'vajrasana' on a throne on an octagonal stand. His right hand in the teaching gesture, his left holding the Vase of Long Life. The upper row from left to right: Shadadkshari Lokeshvara, a Nyingmapa 'lama' and Padmasambhava. The bottom row depicting Amitayus, a monk, Kubera and an old monk. Damaged. Gouache on cloth. Traditional mounting. Framed between glass. Ca. 19th century. 42 x 31 cm/67 x 34 cm

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A 'thangka' of a Nyingmapa-Lama. Tibet. Ca. 18th century

Lot 71: A 'thangka' of a Nyingmapa-Lama. Tibet. Ca. 18th century

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Description: A Tibetan 'thangka' of a Nyingmapa 'lama' seated cross-legged on a throne supported by two lions, in his hands 'vajra' and 'ghanta', with open expression, bearded and wearing a red hat. Before him an altar laid with ritual insturments. Above him Buddha Amitayus flanked by Padmasambhava and Amitabha in 'yab yum'. The lower border with various wrathful deities. Gouache on cloth. Damaged. Ca. 18th century. 69 x 48 cm

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A 'thangka' of Kälsang Gyatso, the VII. Dalai Lama. Tibet. Late 19th/20th century

Lot 72: A 'thangka' of Kälsang Gyatso, the VII. Dalai Lama. Tibet. Late 19th/20th century

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Description: A Tibetan 'thangka' depicting scenes from the 'Secret Biography' of the Seventh Dalai Lama, Kälsang Gyatso (1708-1757), which describes his meditative experiences. In the centre he appears as a tantric 'yogi' on a rock throne, clothed in a tiger skin and with bone attire. The rainbow aura denotes that he has reached siddhahood. Seven further scenes depict him as 'yogi'. Bottom right he can be seen as a meditating 'lama' in a cave. The Tibetan captions do not mention any personal names but refer to the main image as 'Great Hero'. Verso a votive inscription. Goauche on cloth. Traditionally mounted. Late 19th/20th century. 62 x 43 cm/119 x 70 cm

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A Tibetan'thangka' of Vaishravana and the Eight 'yaksha' generals. 18th/19th century

Lot 73: A Tibetan'thangka' of Vaishravana and the Eight 'yaksha' generals. 18th/19th century

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Description: A Tibetan thangka of Vaishravana, guardian deity of the North and god of wealth sitting jauntily on a snow lion. The eight yaksha generals, who lead vast troll armies in his service, surround him on horses. Above him in the sky is Vajrapani. A votive inscription on the reverse. Gold paint and gouache on cloth. Traditional mounting(damaged). 18th/19th century. 57,5 x 36,5 cm

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A thangka of  Vajrabhairava in'yab yum'. Tibet. 18th/19th century

Lot 74: A thangka of Vajrabhairava in'yab yum'. Tibet. 18th/19th century

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Description: A Tibetan 'thangka' of Vajrabhairava in 'yab yum'. In the top row three Gelugpa-lamas, among them Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), further down the six-armed Mahakala, Yama in 'yab yum', Gesar, Palden Lhamo and Jambhala appear among other protector deities. Gouache and gold paint on cloth. Several tears with losses to paint. Framed and glazed. 18th/19th century. 52 x 78,5/76 x 113,5 cm.

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A 'thangka of Yama Dharmaraj  'mandala'. Tibet. 19th century or earlier

Lot 75: A 'thangka of Yama Dharmaraj 'mandala'. Tibet. 19th century or earlier

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Description: A finely painted 'thangka' depicting the 'mandala' of Yama Dharmaraja, standing in the centre in pratyalidha over a corpse, in his hands a chopper and a blood-filled skull cup, surrounded by a ring of choppers and an eight-pointed blade wheel. Possibly depicting his 16 green skinnned emanations, surrounded by waves of blood and encircled by sculls, all within the 'mandala' palace walls, encircled by a lotus garland, the eight charnel grounds, a 'vajra' wall and a ring of flames. Gouache on cloth. Framed behind glass. 19th century or earlier. Ca. 35 cm²

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A Thangka of Kakanama-Mahakala in 'yab-yum'. Southern Tibet. Ca. 17th century

Lot 76: A Thangka of Kakanama-Mahakala in 'yab-yum'. Southern Tibet. Ca. 17th century

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Description: A Southern Tibetan 'thangka' of Kakanama-Mahakala in 'yab-yum' depicting the fierce protector with his prajna Ekajati on a lotus. Above him the Adibuddha Samantabhadra in 'yab-yum' accompanied by Padmasambhava and Shadakshari-Lokeshvara and Mahakala's entourage featuring Brahma, Rahula, Yama and Charogdong mong others. In front of the throne a table with 'torma' offerings and a Kagyupa (?) 'lama'. At the lower rim the Four Lokapalas. Inscribed on the back are the mantras for Mahakala Kakamukhanama (= Kakanama-Mahakala) and Ekajati. Gouache on cloth. Water damage. Glazed and framed. Ca. 17th century. 70 x 50.5 cm/93.5 x 68 cm

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A Tibetan black hat dancer's apron.  Tibet. 19th century

Lot 77: A Tibetan black hat dancer's apron. Tibet. 19th century

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Description: A Tibetan silk and gilt leather appliqué apron of a black hat dancer depicting the face of a fierce deity, probably Mahakala. Surrounded by eight human sculls amidst flames.Various silks and appliqué gilt leather, silk and silk with metallic thread. Damaged. 19th century. 83.5 x 93 cm

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Black-ground 'thangka' of Shrimati Devi. Tibet. 18th century

Lot 78: Black-ground 'thangka' of Shrimati Devi. Tibet. 18th century

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Description: A finely executed Tibetan black-ground 'thangka' of Shrimati Devi. A finely executed Tibetan black-ground 'thangka' of Shrimati Devi. The blue-skinned Shri Devi (Tibetan: Palden Lhamo), rides a mule over a sea of blood surrounded by smoke and flames, the mule with an eye to its upper left leg. The reins formed by snakes, the saddle of human skin and heads. Her face with three wide-open eyes appears fierce. A demon blood-filled skullbowl in her left hand and a trident staff in her raised right. Accompanied by her two servants, Makaravaktra who leads the mule and the lion-headed Simhavaktra. In the sky from left to right: Cintamani Mahakala, the Indian 'yogin' Lawapa, Adibuddha Vajradhara, a Gelugpa 'lama' and Yama Dharmaraja. To the left foreground Shankhapali Devi, a peaceful form of Shri Devi, Vaishravana to the middle and Tashi Tseringma (?) to the right. Some depictions with captions. A votive inscription on the reverse. Gouache and gold paint on cloth. Damaged. 18th century.The probably original mounting of red, yellow and brown grounded silk brocade and yellow silk damask. The curtains of various coloured silk damask and silk brocade. The upper edge with appliqué skull heads. Shrimati Devi is the only female of the Eight Protectors of the 'dharma' and originates from the Indian pantheon. She is also the protector goddess of the Dalai Lamas and the City of Lhasa. 67 x 44.5 cm/136 x 82 cm

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A thangka (paubha) of Vajravarahi. Nepal. Dated 1725

Lot 79: A thangka (paubha) of Vajravarahi. Nepal. Dated 1725

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Description: A Nepalese thangka (paubha) of Vajravarahi standing in 'ardhaparyanka' on a blue lotus flower, wielding a chopper and holding a 'khatvanga', surrounded by an aureole of skulls, 'vajras' and flames. On her right ear a boarhead; her attribute. The inscription in Devanagari below names both the painters and donors as being Trairokya Singh and Padmanitya Singh, who lived in Kera Tora, an area of Kathmandu. The couple in the lower left corner may represent one of the painters/donors and his wife. The 'paubha' was donated to the 'vihara' Kvatha Bahara in 1725, which still exists in the northern part of the city. Gouache and gold paint on cloth. Trad. mounted. Damage to top right corner. Dated 1725. 32 x 29 cm

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A hanging of Wish-fulfilling Offerings to the Gyalpo Kunga. Silk embroidery. Mongolia. Late 19th century

Lot 80: A hanging of Wish-fulfilling Offerings to the Gyalpo Kunga. Silk embroidery. Mongolia. Late 19th century

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Description: A rare Mongolian embroidered hanging depicting a 'Wish-fulfilling Offering,' 'kangdzä', to the Gyalpo Kunga, the Five Kings, of whom Pehar is the head. Such depictions are used when performing rituals of propitiation for the fierce protectors. Their equipment and offerings are shown, not however the actual embodiments of the deities themselves. This indicates that they are not localised beings, but are energies capable of appearing simultaneously wherever necessary. In the centre Gyayin is depicted riding a white elephant. Below, to the right, Monbuputra rides a white lioness and holds a 'vajra' and a staff. Below left Shingbyacan rides a black horse and holds a battle-axe and snare. Above left Dalha Kyeching rides a black mule and holds a stick and club. Above right Pehar, clad in white silk and tiger skin, rides a white lion. From the ceiling hang skins of animals and humans. In front of the protectors is an altar with dough offerings, scull bowls with blood and butter lamps. Above the altar is the model of the cosmos depicted with Mount Meru, the axis mundi emerging from the ocean, surmounted by the palace of Indra. To both sides of the altar are pairs of musical instruments. The lower corners depicting animals for offering such as camels, yaks, snow leopards, tigers and elephants. Late 19th century. 35 x 79.5 cm/63 x 93.5 cm

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A thangka of Shingbyacan. Tibet. Late 19th century

Lot 81: A thangka of Shingbyacan. Tibet. Late 19th century

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Description: A very finely painted Tibetan thangka depicting Shingbyacan, one of the Gyalpo Kunga, the Five Kings, high-ranking demons serving the 'dharma'. The fierce protector rides a black horse across a lake of blood, holding a battle-axe and a snare. In the sky appear Begtse and Hayagriva flanking Padmasambhava. Below, in front of Shingbyacan, various offerings, Pehar on a lion and Damchen Garwa Nagpo on a he-goat. Gouache and gold paint on cloth. Framed. Late 19th centruy. 30.5 x 25.5 cm

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Thangka of Dalha Paten Magpön, the God of War. Mongolia. 18th/19th century

Lot 82: Thangka of Dalha Paten Magpön, the God of War. Mongolia. 18th/19th century

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Description: A Mongolian thangka of Dalha Paten Magpön, the God of War, riding a white horse through a blazing cloud. A white dog below and a falcon above. On his shoulders are a tiger and a lion offering protection. In his right hand he holds a whip. Depicted eitherside are his eight brothers. In the foreground is Mo lha, one of the Five Spirits of Destiny, riding an ass. The upper row depicts (from left to right) the six-armed Mahakala, Yamantaka, Tsongkhapa, Vajrapani and the White Mahakala. Gouache and gold paint on cloth. Traditional mounting. 18th/19th century. 39.5 x 31 cm/81 x 46 cm

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A Sino-Tibetan figure of a buddha. Lacquer-gilt wood. 17th/18th century

Lot 83: A Sino-Tibetan figure of a buddha. Lacquer-gilt wood. 17th/18th century

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Description: A Sino-Tibetan lacquer-gilt wood figure of a buddha, seated in 'padmasana' on a lotus throne with his right hand in 'vitarka mudra'. Eyes, mouth and hair painted in polychromy. The 'urna' made of turquoise. The left hand missing. With modern wooden base plate. 17th/18th century. Height 26.2 cm

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A Sino-Tibetan or Sino-Mongolian fire-gilt bronze figure of Ushnishavijaya. 18th/19th century

Lot 84: A Sino-Tibetan or Sino-Mongolian fire-gilt bronze figure of Ushnishavijaya. 18th/19th century

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Description: A Sino-Tibetan or Sino-Mongolian fire-gilt bronze figure of Ushnishavijaya, who symbolises the "victory of the 'ushnisha'", the protuberance of a 'buddha' which represents enlightenment. As here, she is most often depicted seated with eight arms and three heads; two peaceful and one wrathful face. The lotus base is worked in repoussé, the figure is cast. The plaits and scarf (partly missing) are of separately worked sheet metal. The hairknot and attributes of the hands missing. The base sealed. 18th/19th century. Height 17.2 cm

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A Sino-Tibetan fire-gilt bronze figure of Buddha Amitayus. Dated 1770

Lot 85: A Sino-Tibetan fire-gilt bronze figure of Buddha Amitayus. Dated 1770

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Description: A Sino-Tibetan fire-gilt bronze figure of Amitayus on a trapezoid pedestal and with mandorla. The vase of long life missing. Dated 1770 by inscription. Height 21 cm

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A fire-gilt bronze figure of Vaishravana. Tibet. Circa 1800

Lot 86: A fire-gilt bronze figure of Vaishravana. Tibet. Circa 1800

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Description: A Tibetan fire-gilt bronze figure of Vaishravana, one of the Eight Guardians of the Law, God of wealth and one of the Guardians of the Four Quarters, is dressed as a warrior. He holds a banner of victory and a jewel-spitting mongoose and rides a snow lion. The lion's eyes, mouth and mane as well as the hair of the deity painted in polychromy. Hollow cast in one piece, base sealed. Circa 1800. Height 11.7 cm

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A  fire-gilt bronze figure of Buddha Amitayus. Tibet. 15th/16th century

Lot 87: A fire-gilt bronze figure of Buddha Amitayus. Tibet. 15th/16th century

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Description: A finely executed Tibetan fire-gilt bronze figure of Amitayus, the Buddha of Infinite Life, seated in 'vajrasana' on a lotus throne with his hands held in 'dhyana mudra' and holding the vase of Long Life. The face with meditative expression and raised 'urna'. The borders of the 'dhoti' as well as the lower rim of the throne finely engraved with floral patterns, the jewellery with inlayed turquoise (incomplete). Written old collector's name and number verso. Hollow cast in one piece, base open. 15th/16th century. Height 18.5 cm

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A polychrome painted hardwood figure of Yab-Yum Vajrasattva. Tibet. 17th/18th century

Lot 88: A polychrome painted hardwood figure of Yab-Yum Vajrasattva. Tibet. 17th/18th century

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Description: A Tibetan polychrome painted hardwood figure of Adibuddha Vajrasattva and his consort Vajrasattvi depicted in an intimate embrace, otherwise known as 'yab-yum' or father and mother pose. The female part represents transcendent wisdom, the male part enlightened action. Both aspects are thus communicated as essential for the practitioner to advance in practice. He holds a vajra (and a ganta, now missing) while she carries a skull-cup (and holds a chopper now missing). Traces of gold paint on the bodies, hair, eyes and mouth painted in polychromy, the 'dhotis' and scarves decorated with golden blossoms over a brown ground. One arm, one hand and two legs missing, one arm loose. Some cracks, chips and minor missing parts. 17th/18th century. Height 35.5 cm

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A Sino-Tibetan fire-gilt bronze figure of Buddha Shakyamuni. 18th century

Lot 89: A Sino-Tibetan fire-gilt bronze figure of Buddha Shakyamuni. 18th century

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Description: A Sino-Tibetan fire-gilt bronze figure of Buddha Shakyamuni seated in 'padmasana' on a lotus throne with the right hand in 'bhumisparsha mudra'. The hems of the garments finely engraved with floral patterns. Hollow cast in one piece, the base sealed. 18th century. Height 24.6 cm

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A large bronze figure of Vajrapani. Western Tibet. Ca. 12th century

Lot 90: A large bronze figure of Vajrapani. Western Tibet. Ca. 12th century

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Description: A rare Western-Tibetan bronze figure of Vajrapani standing in a slightly twisted pose, 'abhanga', wearing a 'dhoti' and a diagonal sash, in his right hand the bodhisattva holds a five-pronged 'vajra' in front of his navel. A lotus stem is attached to his left arm (broken off at the elbow). He is adorned with earings, chains and bracelets and a belt embellished with a looping chain. His face with a serene expression and large eyes, the eyebrows and 'urna' rendered in relief, with a strong nose and smiling mouth, elongated earlobes with circular earrings, the hairknot of plain, domed form, the three-lobed crown missing apart from its finely engraved 'base' containing three holes. The back rather unworked. Traces of gilding and blue and red paint to the head. Several casting repairs partly fixed with pins, to the back and the legs. Ca. 12th century. Modern metal base. Not directly comparable to any known piece. However the standing Vajrapani is often depicted in Western Himalayan and Tibetan art of the 11th and 12th centuries (see Ulrich von Schroeder: Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, Hong Kong 1981, p. 131, pl. 22 E, p. 133, pl. 23 G, p. 175, pl. 31 H). A Western Tibetan 'bodhisattva' figure with a similar hairknot was sold at Christie's New York 17th September 1999, Lot 68 and dated "circa 10th century". Height 60 cm

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A bronze mahaparinirvana stupa. Tibet. 19th century or earlier

Lot 91: A bronze mahaparinirvana stupa. Tibet. 19th century or earlier

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Description: A Tibetan bronze 'mahaparinirvana stupa', called Nyangdä Chörten or Kadam Chörten in Tibetan; this 'stupa'-type was introduced by the Kadam school to Tibet during the 11th and 12th centuries. Cast in one piece, base open. 19th century or earlier. Height 22 cm

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A carved wooden manuscript cover. Tibet or Sikkim. 19th/Early 20th century

Lot 92: A carved wooden manuscript cover. Tibet or Sikkim. 19th/Early 20th century

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Description: A carved wooden manuscript cover depicting Buddha Shakyamnuni and two 'buddhas' in 'sambhogakaya' in the centre and two standing 'bodhisattvas' with geese. One of the narrow sides carved with a 'kirtimukha'. Traces of painted 'buddhas'. Chips. 19th/early 20th century. 25 x 71.2 x 3.2 cm

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A carved wooden manuscript cover. Tibet or Nepal. Ca. 14th century

Lot 93: A carved wooden manuscript cover. Tibet or Nepal. Ca. 14th century

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Description: A finely carved wooden manuscript cover. On a throne supported by eight lions and two atlants, Prajnaparamita is depicted in the centre surrounded by a 'torana' of elephants, 'vyalas' and 'makaras', crowned by a 'kirtimukha'. To her right, Manjushri and Buddha Shakyamuni, to her left the Green Tara and Vajrapani are depicted. Framed by stupas. Traces of gilding and brown paint. Ca. 14th century. 13 x 35.7 cm

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A Bön-thangka of Nampar Gyalwa. Tibet. 19th/Early 20th century

Lot 94: A Bön-thangka of Nampar Gyalwa. Tibet. 19th/Early 20th century

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Description: A Tibetan Bön-thangka of Nampar Gyalwa, clothed and jewelled like an Indian prince, smiling, sitting cross-legged on a throne supported by two horses, on his forehead a third eye, the right hand raised, the left resting on the throne. The 'torana', consisting of a pair of lions, dragons and 'makaras', is surmounted by a 'garuda'. Above and below Nampar Gyalwa are the four nine-headed and eighteen-armed fierce protectors. Directly under him is Kungtse (=Konfuzius) with a white turban, also lower centre and to the middle left side; below Kongtse with his wife. Below middle, a fierce god riding a nine-headed boar, surrounded by four animal- headed dancing demons. Gouache and gold paint on cloth. Framed behind glass. 19th/Early 20th century.Nampar Gyalwa is Tönpa Shenrap, the founder of Bön, in his aspect of the invincible subduer of demons. In the 'Zeji 'and the 'Zermig', biographies about Tönpa, it is described how he helped to defend Prince Kungtse against the demons. (See Per Kvaerne: 'The Bon Religion of Tibet', 2001, pp. 33-34). 83 x 66 cm/106.5 x 86 cm

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A Bön-thangka of Künzang Gyalwa Gyatso. Tibet. Late 19th/20th century

Lot 95: A Bön-thangka of Künzang Gyalwa Gyatso. Tibet. Late 19th/20th century

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Description: A Tibetan Bön-'thangka' of Künzang Gyalwa Gyatso standing on a lotus and holding various attributes in his ten major arms, among them a left-turning 'swastika'; a major symbol in Bön. His eleven-heads and 'thousand' arms which surround him like an aureole refer to the limitless activity of his compassion, comparable to that of the Thousand armed Avalokiteshvara in Buddhism. To his sides stand the goddess Chamma holding a vase and the goddess of the sky holding a lotus. His entourage consists of ten different manifestations of Gyalwa Düpa, with a kneeling figure in adoration in front of each. The upper centre with Tönpa Shenrap, the founder of Bön, lower left and right borders with the Six Subduing Shen and the bottom corners with the Four Kings of the Quarters, flanking four fierce deities. The names of some deities are inscribed in gold. Gouache and gold paint on cloth. Traditional mounting. Late 19th/20th century. 103 x 70 cm/137 x 93 cm

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A 'thangka' of a Bön-mandala. Tibet. 19th century or earlier

Lot 96: A 'thangka' of a Bön-mandala. Tibet. 19th century or earlier

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Description: The background, changing from blue-green to light green, represents heaven and earth, with four deities in the corners: top left, Tönpa Shenrap in a red-coloured monk's habit, his right hand touching earth; top right the green-skinned Nampar Gyalwacan be seen; a manifestation of Tönpa Shenrap as the invincible subduer of demons. Lower left is Sangpo Bumtri, also in a monk's habit, holding a victory banner and an alms bowl. Lower right is the white-faced goddess Satrig Ersang in magnificent, coloured robes holding a vase and a counter-clockwise 'swastika'. The outer ring of the 'mandala' is made up of 100 'stupas' interspersed by four doors in the cosmic Bön colours of red, green, white and blue. The inner orange ring of the 'mandala' contains 32 auspicious symbols. The square palace at the centre features four doors with Tibetan characters. In front of each door is a 'stupa' with a flag and a victory banner on each wall, the garden filled with vines, also in the cosmic Bön colours. The inner room of the palace, split into nine squares, is surrounded by pillars. The eight outer squares are each filled with 25 'swastikas', the red, blue, white and green arms, as well as the yellow at the centre, featuring the five heroic syllables KAM, SCRUM, YAM, RAM and OM in golden, Tibetan script. Within the eight squares the direction of the 'swastikas' is the same. In each second square however a quarter turn is found, so that the nine squares together represent a large anti-clockwise turning 'swastika'. According to the Bön faith, the 'swastika' is the cyclone from which the universe was born. The square at the centre of the palace is again surrounded by pillars, suggesting another storey. It only has one entrance in the East. The holy centre of this space consists of a blue circle surrounded by five concentric rings of yellow, green, red, blue and yellow. Four lotus blossoms are seen in the corners, each in a yellow ring. The deities were represented by seed syllables, 'bija', now illegible. The central deity is most likely Küntu Zangpo, with the Four Transendent Lords Töngpa Shenrap, Satrig Ersang, Shenlha Wökar and Sangpo Bumtri surrounding him. In the rituals and particularly the meditation traditions of Bön, Küntu Zangpo was classed as the highest deity from whom all knowledge emanated. The Four Transcendent Lords were seen as the most important peaceful deities of Bön. Gouache and gold paint on cloth. Flecks, scratches and losses to paint in some places. Unmounted. 19th century or earlier. 51.5 x 50.5 cm/54 x 53 cm.

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A Bön-Thangka of Vajrakila (?),  Tibet. Late 19th/20th century

Lot 97: A Bön-Thangka of Vajrakila (?), Tibet. Late 19th/20th century

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Description: In the middle, surrounded by a flaming aureole, is a three-headed, six-armed, winged deity in 'yabyum' depicted, with a 'garuda' in his hair. His lower body formed as a three-sided blade of a ritual dagger, 'vajrakila', oiniing tow bodies to a throne supported by two boars. According to Buddhist tradition, it was Padmasambhava who brought the 'vajrakila'- ritual to Tibet, in order to fight demons. the deity is surrounded by 19 of his emanations and other Bön deities. the lower corners with the Four Kings of the Quarters. All depictions with captions. Gouache and gold paint on cloth. Framed behind pespex. 110 x 83 cm/127 x 100

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Seven small Bön paintings. Tibet. 18th/19th century.

Lot 98: Seven small Bön paintings. Tibet. 18th/19th century.

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Description: Seven small Tibetan Bön paintings in the form of crowns, with a hole to the top, perhaps for hanging or storage on a rail. Depictions on both sides include deities in human form, animal-headed demons, Sanskrit seed sillables ('bijas') and a nine-headed and 18-armed protector deity, probably Welsé Ngampa (compare to the four protectors in lot 94). Gouache and gold paint on card. Damaged. 18th/19th century. 11 x 13 cm

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A bronze figure of Tsewang Rigzin. Tibet. 18th/19th century

Lot 99: A bronze figure of Tsewang Rigzin. Tibet. 18th/19th century

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Description: A rare Tibetan Bön bronze figure of Tsewang Rigzin, "Knowledge holder, Master of Long Life", seated in a relaxed posture on a lotus throne, clad in tiger skin and holding an anti-clockwise turning 'swastika' and the Tibetan letter A. On the base another anti-clockwise turning 'swastika' is engraved representing the eternity and invariability of the Bön religion. 18th/19th century.Tsewang Rigzin is regarded as the son of Drenpa Namkha, who was one of the most important figures in the history of Bön in the 8th century. Height 16.5 cm

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A fire-gilt bronze figure of the Bön deity Künzang Akor. Tibet. Ca. 17th century

Lot 100: A fire-gilt bronze figure of the Bön deity Künzang Akor. Tibet. Ca. 17th century

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Description: A rare fire-gilt Tibetan bronze figure of Künzang Akor, "the All-Good, Cycle of A", a meditational form of the Bön deity Shenlha Wökar. He is seated in meditation on a lotus throne with the Tibetan letter A on his chest symbolizing ultimate reality. Hollow cast in one piece, the base sealed. Ca. 17th century. Height 8.6 cm

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