1800's Laos Carved Wood Gilt Buddha Buddhist Folk Meditation Luang Prabang Yqz
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1800's Laos Carved Wood Gilt Buddha Buddhist Folk Meditation Luang Prabang Yqz:
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From The Ryder Collection - Seated in Lotus Position
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Laos, late 1800's. Laos Carved Wood Gilt Buddha Buddhist Folk Meditation Luang Prabang. The image seated in lotus position (virasana) on a high drum form plinth with hearth shaped lotus petals and hung with a cloth at the front with braided borders and floral design. The figure with hands in the meditative gesture (dhyanamudra) placed in the lap and right over left hand wearing a tight fitted sanghati robe open on the right shoulder and draped with a red border over the left coming down the breast. The neck with folds and the almond shaped head with narrow mouth, long nose, very long pendant ears curving slightly way from the head, the hair tight and the cranial bum (urna) surmounted by a high blade shaped flame on a triple lotus base. Remains of lacquer gilding on the body, red lacquer highlights to borders of the seat, robe and lips. faint remains of an inscription to the back - illegible. It measures approx. 14 7/8" tall.
The narrow lips, high round arched eyebrows and the very pointy female aureole are typical of the folk tradition of Laotian Buddha sculpture. This is a very folk tradition sculpture, ignoring proportion in favour of getting the iconography correct within the confined space of the tree block. Great attention has been paid on the depiction of the head while the body is rather perfunctory suggesting perhaps that it was clothed in real garments in the Thai tradition such that the body details were not really relevant.
Ex. New York Collection of Buddhist Art
Ex. Ryder Collection, Indiana
From the collection of pan-Asian Buddhist art of the Ryder family, IA, acquired in the 1980's and 1990's. Until recently, many parts of the collection on loan to local Midwest museums. The mandate of the collection was to research and source a representative sculptural work from every country and every major period of Buddhist art.
For those not familiar with Anthony Lee here is his bio: Anthony M. Lee is an institutional, market and collection consultant specializing in the arts of China, Japan, Korea, Himalayan Kingdoms, South and Southeast Asia. Starting as a salesperson at age 14 in Chinese antiques in a family business, he went on to university studies in Asian arts, as well as receiving his licenses in tea ceremony, with further studies of ceramics and religious art over eight years in Japan. For several years he was an associate dealer with Sotheby's online site and consultant with various sale houses and museums. Anthony has acted as consultant to over 20 museums, government agencies and trusts including the largest museums in Canada and the US, as well as major collectors, dealers, insurance and transportation companies worldwide.
He is considered by many to be one of the foremost experts in the world in Asian Art & Artifacts.
Anthony Lee started a website ages ago called Asianart. It is a place to post photos of your items and have experts identify them for you. (You can still post things there and folks will help you.) He no longer moderates it and identifies things for us as here on as an old friend. Estimated shipping weight, (packaged) is 4 lbs 8 oz in a 20 x 12 x 12 box. The Calculator is not always right - if the shipping looks too high email us and we will give you an accurate quote prior to the sale ending. ************ What a great find!
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