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Antique 19th Century Bronze Buddha with Chinese Ming Mark Signed

Antique 19th Century Bronze Buddha with Chinese Ming Mark Signed

Regular price $295.00 USD
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Antique 19th Century Bronze Buddha with Chinese Ming Mark Signed 

Signed with Chinese ming mark possibly a Tibetan Bronze

Excellent Antique Condition ( SEE PHOTOS )

Height : 22cm

Width : 15cm

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Bronzes have been cast in China for about 3,700 years. Most bronzes of about 1500–300 bce, roughly the Bronze Age in China, may be described as ritual vessels intended for the worship of ancestors, who are often named in inscriptions on the bronzes.

Tremont Auctions’ May 17 sale of Asian art and antiques featured among many highlights some Seventeenth Century tea ceremony items from the collections of Charles L. Freer, William Van Horne, Hugo Munsterbeg and Alice Boney, as well as a single owner collection of Japanese “tsuba” sword guards. Leading the 525-lot sale when it achieved $42,840 was a Ming dynasty bronze figure of Manjushri Buddha in the “royal ease” mudra seated on the back of a lion; it had been estimated at $1/1,500.

Not surprisingly, given the wide reach of his teachings, the Buddha and other Buddhist deities have been interpreted widely, and in many different styles and materials. Artisans have used stone, stucco, terracotta, wood, lacquer, and metals such as bronze, gold, and silver to recreate them.According to Bruck, identifying a material can help anchor where a certain image was made, and in what time period. ‘Certain materials were favoured in different countries,’ he says. ‘The ancient region of Gandhara in Afghanistan and Pakistan, for example, favoured the sculptural flexibility of stucco, while the medieval Nepalese were among the finest bronze casters in the world.’

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