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Lot 85: ANTIQUE GILT BRONZE STUPA INLAID
11 November 2016
Marietta, GA, USALive Auction
The gilt bronze stupa casted in a hemispherical structure, the shape of the stupa represents the Buddha, crowned and adorned with many jewels, simulated with turquoise and agate inlaid, the crown is the top of the spire; the head is the square at the spire's base; the body is the vase shape; the legs are the four steps of the lower terrace; and the base is his throne. Although not described in any Tibetan text on stupa symbolism, the stupa may represent the five purified elements: The square base represents earth The hemispherical dome/vase represents water The conical spire represents fire The upper lotus parasol and the crescent moon represents air The sun and the dissolving point represents the element of space
Underside with incised quatrefoil flori-form petal visvavajra mark surrounding the centralized DaiJi.
Condition Report: Some missing turquoise and agate inlaid, otherwise in excellent condition. Please Note: EDEN Fine Antiques Galleries provides condition reports as a courtesy to our clients and assumes no liability for any error or omission. Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, and is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Descriptions are our opinions and should in no way be construed as a guarantee of any kind as to age, condition, mater. The bidder assumes responsibility for ensuring that the condition of the item(s) meets with their satisfaction prior to bidding. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging.
Provenance: PROVENANCE: Found in a plantation home near Nashville, Tennessee in 2014 at a downsizing Estate sale.
Dimensions: Dimension: 6-3/4"H x 4-1/4"W
Medium: Bronze, Gold
Date: Qing Dynasty