An important silver-and-copper-inlaid bronze figure of Buddha Amitabha – earliest listed source, 1987

An “important”, silver-and-copper-inlaid bronze figure of Buddha Amitabha, which was made in India in the eleventh or twelfth century (Pala period), was “acquired in Hong Kong in 1987“. Also, “traces of cold gilding on face and neck, as well the remains of blue paint in the hair, point to the sculpture having been venerated in Tibet”. Where in “northeast India” and Tibet was it venerated? When and how was it removed from its site of spiritual veneration in India or Tibet and exported to its site of aesthetic appreciation in the United States?

Its auction estimate is $150,000-$200,000.

An important silver-and-copper-inlaid bronze figure of Buddha Amitabha. The Lahiri Collection: Indian and Himalayan Art, Ancient and Modern, Lot 57, Sale 12255, Christie's, New York, USA, 15th March 2016.

An important silver-and-copper-inlaid bronze figure of Buddha Amitabha. The Lahiri Collection: Indian and Himalayan Art, Ancient and Modern, Lot 57, Sale 12255, Christie’s, New York, USA, 15th March 2016.

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