Buddhist Art and Porcelains from Private Collections
CHI. Gilt Bronze Buddha w/ Throne & Torana, Ming
A Chinese gilt bronze statue of Amitabha Buddha dating from the Ming dynasty with a gilt bronze torana and throne. The Buddha sits in dhyanasana on a double lotus pedestal. His hands are in dhyana mudra with his left hand over his right, ahighly unusual occurrence in Buddhist art. He wears a decorated robe covering both shoulders and a large, two tier flaming crown featuring a smaller figure of himself. The torana features a typical menagerie of creatures and figuresincluding elephants, sharabha, makara, nagas, and a garuda at the apex, as well as an unusual horse with a flaming wheel, all contained within a flame border. The throne is simple with a bowl of jewels beneath the Buddha's seat. It is supportedby a pair of humanoid figures. Dimensions are: the whole assemblage together measures 16 1/4 inches tall X 8 1/4 inches wide, 41.3 cm X 21 cm. Weight: 2900 grams. All measurements are approximate.