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Lot 11

A rare Sino-Tibetan gilt copper-alloy figure of Buddha Nageshvara Raja, or Nagaraja Qing...

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Lot 11

A rare Sino-Tibetan gilt copper-alloy figure of Buddha Nageshvara Raja, or Nagaraja

Price Realised: £6,560

Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (31.2% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 11


A rare Sino-Tibetan gilt copper-alloy figure of Buddha Nageshvara Raja, or Nagaraja

Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

Dressed in monastic robed, with one face and two hands held at the heart and joined in a mudra with raised index fingers, his head covered by the seven-headed Mucalinda, the Buddha seated in padmasana over a double-lotus throne raised over a tall, tiered dais with finely-incised brocaded pattern, the base sealed with copper alloy plate incised and gilt with a double-vajra.

13.5cm high.

清乾隆 銅那伽像

Buddha Nageshvara Raja, or Nagaraja, generally appears with one face and two hands, in the classic form of a 'renounced one,' a nirmanakaya buddha, in the aspect of a monk. His head is often covered by the Seven-headed King of the Snakes, referenced in his name, representing the episode in which the King of Snakes, Mucalinda, is thought to have sheltered the Buddha from the elements whilst he was meditating seeking enlightenment. His hands are always held in the unique mudra seen in the present lot.

A rare depiction of Buddha both in pictorial and sculptural form, when painted in thangka he is depicted with white face and blue body. For a Tibetan figure of Nagaraja, without his hood, from a similar period, see Christie's New York, 21 Mar 2012, lot 807. Another gilt-bronze figure of Nagaraja, 17th/18th century, was sold by Bonhams, New Bond Street, 7 November 2013, lot 271.

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The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

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