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Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art New York I September 23, 2020
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Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art New York | Wednesday September 23, 2020 at 3pm
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Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art
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601 A TURQUOISE AND GOLD ‘MOONEATER’ (CHEPPU) LHASA, TIBET, CIRCA 1900 Inset with rubies and carnelian. Himalayan Art Resources item no.16825 4 1/2 X 3 in. (11.4 x 7.6 cm)
$45,000 - 55,000
拉薩 西藏 約1900年 金嵌綠松石胸飾 The magnificent brooch, known as a ‘mooneater’ (cheppu), epitomizes this most sought-after article of antique Tibetan jewelry. Until the late 1940s, ‘mooneaters’ were worn by Tibetan officials during New Year Festivals. This colloquialism derives from the festival’s lunar calendar and the article having the appearance of a surmounting kirtimukha (‘face of glory’) biting into a large disc (moon). However, these components are ubiquitous Buddhist symbols, the disc represents a lotus, which signifies any being’s ability to attain enlightenment regardless of their origin, and the kirtimukha is a talisman which protects the wearer from harm. Details within this example surpass most others and include the textured surfaces of the first concentric lotus band, the kirtimukha’s face, and the vajra finial above, achieved through delicate carving. Moreover, the kirtimukha’s face and limbs are delightfully embellished with carnelian, rubies, and gold. Furthermore, the back of the brooch is highly elaborate: the lower section fashioned with fine gold filigree work, and the upper section with two horizontal buckles. It was in response to such increasingly lavish articles that the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso (r.1879-1933), imposed a sumptuary law limiting the expense of any one item of jewelry to 25,000 rupees. The present lot compares favorably with another ‘mooneater’ on the front cover of the Ghysels Collection catalog (Geoffroy-Schneiter, Bijoux des toits du monde, Geneva, 2012), as well as those in other esteemed collections of Tibetan jewelry, such as the Barbara and David Kipper Collection (Ghose (ed.), Vanishing Beauty, Chicago, 2016, p.100, nos.108-10) and the Mengdiexuan Collection (Xu (ed.), Jewels of Transcendence, Hong Kong, 2018, p.161, no.107). Provenance Private American Collection before 2000
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602 A COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF SENGGE GYALTSEN TIBET, 14TH/15TH CENTURY The back of the lotus base with a Tibetan inscription, translated: “Homage to Sengge Gyaltsen!” Himalayan Art Resources item no.16806 3 1/8 in. (8 cm) high
$6,000 - 8,000
西藏 十四/十五世紀 僧格堅贊銅像 Almost every inch of this miniature bronze has been beautifully chased. The monastic robes are patterned with rabbits, birds, and deer enclosed in quatrefoils, surrounded by floral sprays and geometric grounds. Identified by inscription, Sengge Gyaltsen (14th/15th century) was a Tibetan Buddhist teacher for the Kadam and Sakya traditions. Considered by some to be a reincarnation of Dromton Gyalwa’I Jungne (1005-1064), Sengge Gyaltsen transmitted the Kalachakra teachings to Khedrup Gelek Pelzang (1385-1438), who was instrumental in establishing the Gelug order of Tibetan Buddhism led by the Dalai Lama.
His portrait, slender physique, and robes are like several other bronzes of Sengge Gyaltsen, including one in the collection of the Rubin Museum of Art (HAR 65475), one formerly in the Nyingjei Lam Collection and sold at Sotheby’s, Hong Kong, 3 October 2017, lot 3110, and two others sold at Bonhams, New York, 14 March 2017, lots 3283 & 3284. Provenance The Nyingjei Lam Collection On loan to the Rubin Museum of Art, New York, 2013 – 2019
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603 A SILVER AND COPPER INLAID COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF SONAM TSEMO TIBET, 15TH CENTURY A Tibetan inscription along the bottom rim of the lotus base, translated: “Om svasti! This statue of Lobpon Rinpoche [Sonam Tsemo], for parents mainly, and all sentient beings, was created by the family in order to obtain Buddhahood. May the