THREE RARE SCULPTURES MADE FROM ZITAN WOOD WITH REPRESENTATIONS OF MAHABODHISATTVAS

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Auction date:16.06.2017   09:30
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Lot 153THREE RARE SCULPTURES MADE FROM ZITAN WOOD WITH REPRESENTATIONS OF MAHABODHISATTVAS
NEPAL, approximately 17./18.Century.
The three most delicate and elegantly shaped Bodhisattva representations were originally a group with the Eight Mahabodhisattvas, as they are often standing sculptures in the monasteries and temples to be found. Often, they come together in depictions of the Amitabha Paradise Shukhavati or in the Mandala of the Peaceful deities of the Tibetan dead book - the Bardo in appearance. Their presentations are grouped to the Left and to the Right, a Central Buddha-figure. Bodhisattvas are beings who have achieved enlightenment, however, Entering into the state of Nirvana, to show all beings the way to get there. The way of the Bodhisattva begins with the promise to the Buddha, this path to tread, and includes the prophecy of the Buddha that this vow will be fulfilled. On his way, the Bodhisattva has passed through ten stages and the ten perfections (Skr. To develop Pâramitâ): generosity, moral behavior, imperturbability, heroism, Meditation, wisdom, Ability to right instruction, determination, strength and Knowledge. The Integration of these virtues leads the Bodhisattva in a state of perfect wisdom in which the Self is extinguished. The loss of any self-interest and the attachment to the phenomena of the world of appearance (Skr. Samsara), the Bodhisattva has the ability to redeem himself in the Nirvâna. His vow binds him, however, to waive the redemption, and to act for the benefit of all beings. The Bodhisattva possesses various supernatural powers, which allow him to take any time, at any place shape and to serve in a wonderful way the Dharma. The names of the Eight Mahabodhisattvas are: Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri, Vajra - pani, Maitreya, Samantabhadra, Nivaranavishkhambin, Kshitigharba, Akashagarba. All are distinguished by their cosmic affiliation in the Mandala, and through their respective attributes, the branches hold Lotus in their hands. Since the assigning of symbols of these figures are not to receive their individual Designation is not possible. The Bodhisattvas appear to the Trikaya-doctrine in the Samboghakaya, the body of bliss, therefore, you are wrapped in silk dresses, to wear rich jewelry and five-leaved crown, as a reference to the Five wisdoms of the five Tathagatas. The Gestures of the three Bodhisattva sculptures show in front of the chest, the Mudras of the instruction, with the thumb and index finger touching, and the wish-granting Mudra, where the open hands turn to the Reception down. In spite of the uniform, but very elegantly designed depictions of the Bodhisattvas, showing the physiognomies very fine, differentiated, and individual trains, which are worked in a most artful way, from the hard wood. Especially the expression of the Tribhangha attitude of the three presentations, the three laterally bent posture, the position is formed by opposing the flexion of the hip, the shoulders and the Head, already in the early Pala art of India (8. - 12. Cent.) as a special feature. The Dhotis have painted a decor with arbitration - ten stylised flowers in Gold. Zitan (Indian sandalwood - Pterocarpus Indicus ); the remains of the original gold plating on the unclothed parts of the body; traces of polychrome paint; the corpora are worked in one piece. The downward-pointing arms, to the right, respectively. on the left, are attached to the elbow. The originally loose on one of the upper arms to the left or to the right Lotus branches, with the respective attributes of the bodhisattva, are no longer available. The Ends of the flower stems, which were held in the respective Hands are visible. On the back, in the height of the shoulders, are four-sided, closed recesses, in the consecrated substances, or paper rolls with Mantras.
H. approx. 27cm (o. S.

Provenance: From an old South German private collection, Galerie Schoettle Ostasiatica between 1965 and 1980, purchased
ben - For comparison: Art of Tibet, 17, Renzo Fresci, Oriental Art; Milano, p 40-41, Nagel auctions, Stuttgart, Germany; catalog 722, China III/215 - himalayanart.org; Item 71757 - part of something.
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