Lot 2109. Survival large head of Drukpa Kunley

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Auction date:07.12.2017   11:00
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ID 19148
Lot 2109Survival large head of Drukpa Kunley
Tibet or Nepal. 18. Century

Copper-bronze repoussé technology with gilding and painted with pigments. The impressively large head shows a stylized, overemphasized facial features and an elaborate hairstyle. The head is composed of two Parts. The ears and the hair knots are separately worked and applied, as well as the stand, which shows the approach of the shoulders.

The characteristic gag Bart suggests that it could be a Portrait of Drukpa Kunley. This lived 1455-1529 in Tibet and became immortal in the narrative tradition in Bhutan as a 'Holy fool'. The stories convey instruction by unconventional behavior and sometimes have erotic content, addressing the Problem of physical desires. Height 54.2 cm, width (ears) is approx. 35cm, depth approx 30cm. Condition A/B.
Provenance:
-According to the previous owner from the collection of Barbara S. Adams (1931-2015), companion of the Nepalese Prince Basundhara (1921-77).
Collection of the artist Robert Jacobsen (1912-93).
-North German private collection, acquired in Copenhagen.

Comparisons:
-Karsten Ohrt & Lise SeisbolLänge Robert Jacobsens Univers. Copenhagen 1992. Comparison Of Fig. P. 118/119

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