On-line Islamic, Indian, Himalayan & South-East Asian Art Sale
Bidding takes place from 8th to 11th June 2015
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Lot Description and Estimate Images Sold For
1

A COPPER-GILT REPOUSSE PANEL
Tibet, 18th century

of rectangular form, depicting a lion, with scrolling mane and tail, gaping mouth and bulging eyes

21.5 x 28cm
Estimate: 2500-3500

    
2

A COPPER REPOUSSE HEAD OF INDRA
Nepal, 15th/16th century

with incised features, wearing large hoop earrings, his forehead with third eye, wearing elaborate crown with turquoise inlay and a winged kirttimukha, traces of the original gilding, mounted

21.5cm

Provenance:
Spink and Son, 1980s

Indra has vedic origins and was originally chief of the gods in the Hindu pantheon. Over time, however, his cult in India was superseded by that of Siva, Vishnu and Durga. In Nepal, however, his prestige has endured, and he is revered by Buddhists as well as Hindus. As king of the gods, he is depicted richly adorned. The key identifying mark here is the third eye, positioned horizontally on his forehead.
Estimate: 4000-6000

4000
3

THE GODDESS SANKHA
Tibet, 16th century

bronze openwork plaque, probably from a stupa, the goddess depicted holding the conch in front while dancing on a lotus, turquoise inlaid jewellery, mounted

11.5cm high

The Auspicious Symbols of Tibetan Buddhism are sometimes personified as deities holding the image of the symbol. Sankha is the goddess of the conch, one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols. She is depicted in dancing attitude with a conch-shell in her hands. She would have been accompanied on a stupa by the remaining seven Auspicious Symbols.

Estimate: 3500-4500

    
4

A VOTIVE PLAQUE DEPICTING KURUKULLA
Tibet or Mongolia, 19th century

polychrome-painted and gilded clay, moulded in relief, a seated figure of Buddha in the clouds above, silk lining on the back

16cm high
Estimate: 700-900

    
5

A TSA-TSA DEPICTING HEVAJRA
Tibet, circa 18th century

polychrome-painted moulded clay, the multi-armed deity in yab-yum with his consort, surrounded by a flaming aureole, standing on corpses on a lotus, three incised Tibetan characters on the reverse

12.3cm high
Estimate: 800-1200

    
6

A BRONZE FIGURE OF A DONOR
Nepal, 19th century

the male figure seated on a square lotus base, wearing flowing pleated robes and cap, holding objects in each hand, an offering tray in front,

15cm high
Estimate: 500-700

    
7

A COPPER-GILT RELIEF DEPICTING A NAGARAJA
Tibet, 14th/15th century

repousse decoration with traces of black and red pigment, the fierce male deity depicted flying through the heavens amidst multiple flaming cobras, holding a cakra aloft in his left hand, wearing large disc earrings and crown, his face with bulging eyes, moustache and goatee beard, mounted

31cm high

Provenance
Private collection, France, early 1980s
Spink and Son Ltd, mid. 1990s.



Estimate: 12000-15000

    
8

A CLAY FIGURE OF MILAREPA
Tibet, 19th century

painted and gilded, the long haired elderly sage seated on a square base, a white cape loosely hanging from his left shoulder, his right hand held to his ear

9.5cm high

Milarepa was a historic character in 11th century Tibet, who after a wayward youth achieved enlightenment and became a revered poet and teacher. He is usually depicted with his hand to his ear, symbolising his receptiveness to spiritual wisdom and tantric teaching. He is often depicted with a greenish hue, said to be on account of of his love of nettle tea.
Estimate: 1000-1500

    
9

A BRONZE FIGURE OF PADMAPANI
Tibet, 17th/18th century

standing on a lotus, wearing voluminous robes flowing at his feet, his right hand in varada, his left in vitarka mudra, a lotus blossoming at his left shoulder, wearing elaborate headdress and large earrings, two scrolls remaining underneath

12.2cm high

This is one of the most popular of the 108 forms of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, personifying compassion.

Estimate: 2000-3000

    
10

A COPPER GILT PLAQUE
Tibet, 18th century

the pierced repousse relief decoration depicting a man in Tibetan dress holding a lotus flower, surrounded by a partial beaded border with turquoise inlay at the bottom, traces of black and red pigment, mounted

27 x 20.3cm
Estimate: 6000-8000

    
11

A COPPER-GILT OFFERING DEPICTING LUNGTA
Mongolia, 18th-19th century

the horse emblem within an openwork roundel, a flaming jewel on his back, on lotus base

12.5cm high

The 'Wind Horse' represents good fortune, and probably dates back to an earlier, pre-Buddhist tradition.
Estimate: 2500-3500

    
12

A CARVED WOOD SECTION FROM A SHRINE
Tibet, circa 17th century

polychrome-painted and gilded, depicting Manjusri standing with his right hand at his chest, his left in varada mudra by his side, each with the stem of a padma, flowering at each shoulder, one with khadga the other with a book, a diminutive figure riding a vyala and elephant on his left

18 x 15.5cm

Estimate: 500-700

    
13

A GILT BRONZE FIGURE OF GREEN TARA
Tibet, 15th/16th century

seated in lalitasana on a double lotus throne, her right hand in varada, her left in vitarka mudra, a lotus flowering at each shoulder, her elaborate jewellery set with turquoise and coral, a diminutive figure of Buddha in her headdress

12.2cm high

Provenance:
American private collection
Estimate: 2000-3000

    
14

A SINO-TIBETAN BRONZE FIGURE OF A LAMA
China, probably Beijing, 19th century

Seated on a double cushion, the pot bellied figure with hands in dhyanasana and holding the stem of a padma, wearing broad cap, his garments and cushions with incised decoration, painted Chinese characters on the sealing plate

25.5cm high

Provenance:
An American private collection


Estimate: 2000-3000

5200
15

A BRASS FIGURE OF SADAKSARI
Tibet, 13th/14th century

Seated on a double lotus throne in dhyanasana, his primary hands in namaskara mudra, his upper hands in vitarka mudra, wearing a tall three leaf crown, his eyes with traces of copper and silver inlay

20.5cm

Provenance:
Private collection, USA, acquired before 1990.

This figure is a provincial version of a slightly larger and more refined image of Vairocana in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. See Rhie and Thurman: 'Wisdom and Compassion' New York 1991, no.140

Estimate: 2000-3000

2300
16

A POLYCHROME-PAINTED WOOD FIGURE OF LAMA KUNZAN TENPI NYIMA (1843-1891)
Tibet, 19th century

seated on a lotus throne, on separate raised plinth, wearing richly brocaded robes and Nyingma lama's cap, his hands in abhaya and dhyana mudra, a Buddhist manuscript in his left hand, his face with finely painted features, inscribed in gold Tibetan script at the back, the underside with double vajra painted on red muslin

23cm high (main figure with lotus base); 27.5cm (together)

This is an extremely rare depiction of an important Tibetan lama of the Nyingma school. Kunzan Tenpi Nyima who is identified by the Tibetan inscription at the back, is one of the incarnations of Pema Lingpa, a famous discoverer of sacred texts (terton), who lived in the 15th century. According to Tibetan tradition Pema Lingpa's lineage is carried on through three lines of emanations of Body, Speech, and Mind all of whom currently reside in Bhutan. Kunzan Tenpi Nyima was the 8th Speech incarnation of Pema Lingpa whose life was predicted in the 9th century by Padmasambhava, the founder of the Nyingma school.
Estimate: 5000-8000

    
17

A HORSE-HEADED DEITY
Tibet, 18th-19th century

Copper-gilt repousse relief, the dancing figure holding a ball(?) in his left hand, his right hand in karana mudra, standing on a lotus base, mounted on stand

27cm high

Provenance:
Private British Collection
Estimate: 1000-1500

800
18

A SINO-TIBETAN GILT BRONZE FIGURE OF SIMHAVAKTRA
China, 18th century

dancing on a prostrate demon on a lotus throne, the lion headed goddess holding a karttrka aloft in her right hand, wearing a skull crown, her hair and mouth with red pigment

18cm high

Provenance:
Private collection, London, acquired in the 1980s.

Simhavaktra, 'lion-headed' is one of the dakinis, female Buddhist deities which bring inspiration for mortals. She is a fierce protector for monks and carries the cakra symbol, the wheel of the Buddhist law, hanging from her necklace.

Estimate: 4000-6000

3000
19

A POLYCHROME-PAINTED WOOD ORNAMENT DEPICTING A KALASA
Tibet, 19th century

Carved in openwork relief, in the form of an overflowing vase with a bouquet of flowers

62cm high

Estimate: 200-300

    
20

AN IRON BREASTPLATE
Tibet, circa 17th century

of convex circular form, with central gilt spiral medallion and gilt outer border, the reverse lined with cloth, mounted on stand,

19cm diam.
Estimate: 800-1200

800
21

A BRONZE RITUAL THUNDERBOLT (vajra)
Tibet, circa 18th century

with waisted double lotus handle, with four-fold lightning bolts at either end issuing from makara heads

14.3cm long

Estimate: 1200-1500

    
22

PAIR OF BRASS ORNAMENTS
Tibet, 17th century or earlier

brass repousse with turquoise inlay, of hexagonal form, each in the form of a lotus flower in relief, probably from a crown on an image, mounted on slate base

6.4 x 4.2cm
Estimate: 500-700

    
23

A TSA-TSA MOULD
Tibet, 18th/19th century

brass, with wood handle, the plate depicting three figures of lamas in reverse, with plain tapering wood handle

9.8cm long (length of brass plate); 22.5cm (length with handle)

This mould was used to reproduce clay votive plaques (tsa-tsa).
Estimate: 600-800

525
24

A WOOD RITUAL MASK
Northern Nepal, 19th century

in the form of a man's face, carved wood, with holes for eyes and mouth

29cm high
Estimate: 400-600

    
25

A COPPER-GILT GARLAND
Kokonor Style, Mongolia, 18th century

of crescent-shaped form, hinged at the centre, the openwork repousse design composed of thirteen severed heads, a rosette at either end, surrounded by a profusely scrolling band, twin suspension loops at either end, mounted on cloth backed board

46 x 46cm approx.

This impressive garland would have formed part of the attire of a large image of a dharmapala
Estimate: 5000-7000

    
26

A BUDDHIST MALA
Eastern Tibet, 19th century or earlier

strung with bodhi seed beads, punctuated with conch and cornelian beads, and two iron counters

12-14mm (diameter of beads)
Estimate: 300-400

    
27

A BUDDHIST ROSARY (mala)
Tibet, 19th century

with 108 dark wood beads, one large amber bead, three cornelian beads and two metal counters
Estimate: 350-450

    
28

A BONPO STUPA
Tibet, 15th century

Cast bronze, the base of square section, the sides with sacred emblems, the bulbous element above decorated with garlands, supporting a tapering tiered superstructure topped with kalasa finial, the base with later wood seal incised with svastika emblem

22.5cm high

Estimate: 4000-6000

    
29

A POLYCHROME-PAINTED RITUAL DRUM (damaru)
Tibet, 19th century

wood, with stretched hide on one side, in the form of a pair of hemispheres, the exterior painted with skulls and severed heads interspersed with cartouches containing siddhas and cemeteries, the interior with two concentric lines of Tibetan script including the name of Vajravarahi and a Sanskrit mantra

19cm diam.; 12cm wide
Estimate: 600-800

    
30

TWO BRONZE RITUAL THUNDERBOLTS (vajra)
Tibet, 18th/19th century

one with waisted double lotus handle, the other plain, each with eightfold lightning bolts at either end

13; 13.3cm long
Estimate: 300-500

600
31

A PAIR OF BUDDHIST TRUMPETS (Dungchen)
Tibet, 19th century

in three concertina sections, of long tapering form, with repousse brass Chinese style mounts around the circumference

162; 153cm approx. (2)

Provenance
Robin Wigington collection, Stratford upon Avon


Estimate: 250-350

    
32

A CONCH SHELL TRUMPET
Tibet, early 20th century

the body with silver repousse applique mounts, decorated with various animals and scrolling plants, eight medallions on the side depicting the auspicious symbols of Buddhism, with turquoise and coral settings

13.5cm long
Estimate: 200-300

    
33

A TURQUOISE SET SILVER LID
Tibet, 18th century

from an amulet box, of circular form, with chased and repousse scrolling decoration

5.7cm diam
Estimate: 150-250

    
34

A MANI STONE
Tibet, probably 18th/19th century

natural stone, carved in lantsa script in shallow relief with the six syllable mantra of Avalokitesvara

20.5 x 13 x 3cm approx.

Estimate: 100-150

    
35

SIX WOOD RITUAL OBJECTS
Tibet, 18th-20th centuries

Comprising two wood fertility symbols in the form of genitalia, a carved wood stylized Buddhist figure, a cloth lama's cap, a folding puja spoon and a leather object

62cm long (altar spoon) fully opened (6)

Estimate: 80-120

30
36

A BRONZE TRUMPET (Dungchen)
Tibet, 19th century

copper and brass, of tapering form, with flared brass opening

67.5cm long

Provenance
Private collection, London

Estimate: 60-80

70
37

THREE WOOD PHURBUS
Tibet, 18th-19th century

Each with three-sided blades, two with triple head finial, the third of faceted abstract form, apart from stylised makara head at the centre, each with traces of pigment

23.5cm long and smaller (3)

Provenance: Private British Collection
Estimate: 150-250

100
38

A TSAKLI DEPICTING A BARDO DEITY
Tibet, 18th/19th century

gouache on card, the deer-headed figure depicted holding a boulder(?), seated on a rug in a landscape, red border, framed

16.4 x 12cm
Estimate: 250-350

    
39

A TSAKLI DEPICTING VAJRASATTVA
Tibet, circa 18th century

pigment on cloth, the deity depicted within a pear-shaped medallion, framed

14 x 8.2cm
Estimate: 120-150

    
40

A PAINTED WOOD CABINET PANEL
Tibet, 18th/19th century

painted with gesso and gold, the central circular medallion depicting a Buddhist goddess, her hands in abhaya mudra and holding a blue gem, surrounded by scrolling stylised foliage

46 x 52cm
Estimate: 700-900

    
41

A RITUAL CROWN (rigma)
Tibet, 18th century

cloth with gesso, polychrome-painted and gilded, in the form of five leaves with leather attachments, each painted with a form of Buddha (tathagata)

48cm approx. diameter (opened out)
Estimate: 200-300

    
42

GROUP OF SEVEN TSAKLIS
Tibet, 19th century

gouache with ink on paper, depicting votive offerings, each with orange border, inscribed in cursive Tibetan script on the reverse

83 x 70mm (7)
Estimate: 200-300

    
43

THREE TSAKLIS
Tibet, 19th century

watercolour and ink on paper, each depicting a naga couple

130 x 73mm (3)
Estimate: 350-450

    
44

A THANGKA DEPICTING PEHAR
Mongolia, 19th century

pigment with gold on cloth, silk mount, the dharmapala depicted riding a white lion and accompanied by five deities from his retinue, a figure of Padmasambhava at the top

43 x 29cm (inside mount)

The Dharmapala Pehar was originally a local deity in Mongolia; according to legend, he was subdued and converted to Buddhism by the famous 8th century teacher Padmasambhava who made him a dharmapala and protector of Tibet's first monastery at Samye.


Estimate: 2500-3500

    
45

A THANGKA DEPICTING SADAKSARI

Mongolia, early 20th century

Pigment with gold on cloth, silk mount, the four armed Buddhist deity seated holding a padma in his upper left hand, surrounded by diminutive figures of devotees and other deities, monastic seal on the reverse

54 x 38.5cm
Estimate: 500-700

    
46

A THANGKA DEPICTING PEHAR
Tibet, 19th century

pigment on cloth, silk mount, the dharmapala depicted riding a white lion and accompanied by five deities from his retinue, a figure of Padmasambhava at the top

43 x 29cm (inside mount)

The Dharmapala Pehar was originally a local deity in Mongolia; according to legend, he was subdued and converted to Buddhism by the famous 8th century teacher Padmasambhava who made him a dharmapala and protector of Tibet's first monastery at Samye.

Estimate: 2500-3500

    
47

A THANG-KA DEPICTING LHA-MO ON A CAMEL
Mongolia, 19th century

Pigment on cloth, the fiercesome deity wielding a club and skull bowl, mounted
320 x 260mm

Palden Lha-mo is consort of the Dharmapala Mahakala, and fierce protectress, widely worshipped in Tibet and Mongolia.

Estimate: 450-550

    
48

A PAINTED WOOD PANEL FROM A CABINET
Tibet, 19th century

depicting the siddha Drupchen Sogpo Pal-gyi Yeshe, with his tiger on a chain leash in a mountainous wooded landscape

35.5 x 70.5cm

Exhibited:
Asia Society, London

Drupchen Sogpo Pal-gyi Yeshe, was one of Padmasambhava's pupils who lived in the 8th century. He was born in Central Tibet, near the holy Yamdrok lake, and was reputed to have gained immense physical strength through his meditation practices. His strength was so great that he could tame wild animals with ease and his attribute, therefore, is a tiger. Although references to Sogpo Pal-gyi Yeshe can be found in Nyingma texts, images of him are extremely rare.


Estimate: 1000-1500

    
49

A TSAKLI DEPICTING PADMASAMBHAVA
Tibet, 18th century

gouache with gold on paper, the Buddhist teacher seated within a rainbow halo, on a lotus throne, surrounded by a red border, inscriptions in cursive Tibetan on the reverse

13 x 10cm
Estimate: 600-800

    
50

A THANG-KA DEPICTING RATNASAMBHAVA
Tibet, 18th century

Pigment with gold on cloth, the Buddha seated on a lotus, surrounded by multiple haloes and verdant landscape, diminutive figures of Tsong ka pa and Silaparamita (?) above, framed

592 x 400mm (visible area)
Estimate: 200-300

    
 
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