A STONE PLAQUE OF VAISHRAVANA TIBET, CIRCA 13TH CENTURY

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A STONE PLAQUE OF VAISHRAVANA
TIBET, CIRCA 13TH CENTURY

HK$ 600,000 - 800,000
US$ 77,000 - 100,000
A STONE PLAQUE OF VAISHRAVANA
TIBET, CIRCA 13TH CENTURY
Himalayan Art Resources item no.2451
5.3 cm (2 1/8 in.) high

Footnotes

  • The guardian of the North, and the giver and protector of treasures, Vaishravana, is modeled with a bare torso and feet, in his typical plump form, holding a narrow parasol and adorned with regalia. The mongoose in his lap disgorges jewels into a neat pyramid below. Meanwhile, his lion mount is meticulously and powerfully conceived with an alert upturned tail, sharp claws, and a fierce snarl.

    Representations of the wealth god without his heavy suit of armor and boots are extremely rare, and the emphasis on the body, rather than on encumbering regalia, is congruent with the spirit of early Tibetan art from the 12th-14th centuries. This unusual depiction of him, with his lion mount but unclad, also suggests the piece is a transitional representation of the wealth god, combining otherwise exclusive elements associated with the early Indian form of Jambhala and later Tibetan forms of Vaishravana. The Rubin Museum of Art holds two other examples of this in bronze, dated 13th/14th century (HAR item nos.70699 & 90051).

    Masterfully carved in a fine-grained yellow stone resembling the andagu plaques of the Pala and Pagan periods (8th-13th centuries), small-scale works for personal worship were treasured pilgrimage tokens produced in a variety of media. For instance, a related example and a 12th-century lapis lazuli image of Bhutadharma are held in the Nyingjei Lam Collection (Weldon & Singer, The Sculptural Heritage of Tibet, London, 1999, pp.69 & 143, fig. 40 & no.61).

    Published
    Meinrad Maria Grewenig and Eberhard Rist (eds), Buddha - 2000 Years of Buddhist Art: 232 Masterpieces, Völklingen, 2016, pp.380-1, no.163.

    Exhibited
    Buddha - 2000 Years of Buddhist Art: 232 Masterpieces, Völklinger Hütte, Völklinger, Germany, 25 June 2016 - 5 March 2017.

    Provenance
    Private European Collection


    多聞天王石牌
    西藏,約十三世紀
    喜馬拉雅藝術資源網2451號
    高5.3釐米(2 1/8英吋)

    600,000-800,000港元

    多聞天王是北方法界之護法神,亦是民間供奉的財寶天王。天王腹大體胖,上身袒露,足下無靴,飾瓔珞臂釧。右手持寶傘,左手持吐寶鼠,口吐之寶珠堆積成山。其獅子座騎刻畫得生動有力,四爪鋒利,獅尾上翹,神情警戒,觀者彷彿能聽見其兇猛咆哮。

    無穿戴盔甲和武靴的多聞天王極為罕見,此件作品以對身型的詮釋作為重心,而非其衣飾,與十二至十四世紀早期西藏藝術的創作精神一致。這種騎獅卻坦露上身的獨特造型結合了早期印度財神的形象元素和西藏多聞天王的特有元素,為轉型期的代表作品。此拍品與魯賓藝術博物館的兩件十三/十四世紀多聞天王銅像異曲同工(參見喜馬拉雅藝術資源網70699和90051號)。

    此石牌以黃石雕刻,類似於帕拉與蒲甘時期(八至十三世紀) 的小型石碑,此類供個人供奉所用的小型作品是備受歡迎的朝聖紀念品,可以多種不同材料製作 。例如,菩薩道收藏中的一件十二世紀可比作品便以青金石製成(參見Weldon與Singer,The Sculptural Heritage of Tibet,倫敦, 1999年,頁69和 143,圖40,61號)。

    著錄
    Meinrad Maria Grewenig與Eberhard Rist (編),Buddha - 2000 Years of Buddhist Art: 232 Masterpieces,弗爾克林根, 2016年,頁380-1,163號。

    展覽
    Buddha - 2000 Years of Buddhist Art: 232 Masterpieces, Völklinger Hütte,弗爾克林根, 德國, 2016年6月25日 –2017年3月5日。

    來源
    歐洲私人收藏
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