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Lot 388: CHINESE BRONZE BUDDHA FIGURE OF FOUR ARMS CUNDI, QIANLONG MARK
12 November 2016
Marietta, GA, USALive Auction
Description: Very fine Chine Buddha figure of seated four arms Cundi, with one head and four arms (Chaturbhuja) is seated on a lotus base, the main hands in Dhyana Mudra, gesture of mediation, both rear hands resting on the knee in vitarka mudra. With a lotus bud on top of his chignon, adorned with a five-leaf crown, princely jewelry and belt, all with a floral pattern, Incised six character inscription read, four arms CunDi Buddha Mother. Mark on pedestal, seven protruding script -KaiShu- characters enclosed within rectangular frame, QianLong Period of Great Qing; and of the period (1711-1799). LOT NOTES: Cundi is a bodhisattva venerated in Mahayana Buddhism, with emphasis of her practice in Vajrayana Buddhism. Her origins lie with a yakshini cult in Bengal and Orissa and her name in Sanskrit "connotes a prostitute or other woman of low caste but specifically denotes a prominent local ogress". Her cult spread with the Pala Empire, eventually becoming important in Tibetan Buddhism and Tangmi.
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Provenance: From the heirs of Sir John Dorrington and the Vosper estates from Stroud Gloucestershire these items were purchased by a prominent antiques collector in 2008. Seeking historical and collectible items he attended numerous auctions and estate sales in the area as well as from nearby countries. Sometimes finding a rarity sometimes just the camaraderie of fellow collectors.
Dimensions: Dimension: 9-3/4" H