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Northern Wei (386-535AD) stone Bodhisattva, in an unusual seated asana with crossed ankles and hands in mudras “fear not” and “charity.” 11” tall.  Some remaining pigment.  captures.  Gianguan Auctions, Lot 148, June 10, 2017.

Buddhist Art Bootcamp

Posted: May 26, 2017 10:27 Last Updated: | Regina Kolbe

Like so many of the Chinese arts, China’s ultra elite have driven the demand for Buddhist art to new highs.  While the ultimate intention of the works may be to encourage serenity, harmony, meditation and study,  disruption in the sales room is not uncommon as bidding wars escalate. There are still occassions to acquire fine Buddhist sculpture at more reasonable prices, if you know the ropes. The most expensive Chinese work to sell at auction was a 15th-century embroidered thangka painting with direct links to the Imperial Court. It went off in 2014 at Christie’s for $45M (around £29M). ...


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