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Exceptional Buff Prancing Horse

Exceptional Buff Prancing Horse. This is an exceptional prancing horse, unusual in the complementary fashion the position of the horse head and ears. The horse is standing on a rectangular plinth, and in the same time neighing (extremely rare). Every line of the horse emphasises its dramatic neigh- the neck stretched high and forward. The small, lean-featured head, the thick neck and the belly are typical Tang renderings of an Arabian. Also worthy of note is that the widely separated ears, both twisting backward (only few Tang horses were made like this and could be found in the present market), reveal its spirit.

The exceptional buff prancing horse well modelled standing on a rectangular plinth, with powerful arched neck, gaping mouth, with a knotted saddle cloth and tasselled harness, extensive remains of pigment.

Tang Dynasty (618-907)
Long 44 cm., high 36 cm.

Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

– The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item.


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Gilt Bronze Figure of Amitayus https://beckerantiques.com/blog/gilt-bronze-figure-of-amitayus/ Tue, 12 Jun 2018 12:22:26 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=8151 The post Gilt Bronze Figure of Amitayus appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Gilt Bronze Figure of Amitayus

Gilt Bronze Figure of Amitayus. The Buddhist figure wearing a five-peaked crown enclosing a high chignon above the contemplative face, the neck with semi-circular necklace and the hands resting gently above the legs crossed in the lotus position, the figure seated upon a tiered pedestal and framed by a separately cast flaming mandorla. 

China, Qianlong period (1736-1795), two pieces 
High 20 cm. 
Weight 895 g. 

Provenance: Cserno – Antiek, Spiegelgracht 27/28- Amsterdam 
Old private Dutch collection, bought in 1980’s from Cserno – Antiek, Spiegelgracht 27/28- Amsterdam 

 


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Rare Large Crouching Bactrian Camel https://beckerantiques.com/blog/rare-large-crouching-bactrian-camel/ Tue, 12 Jun 2018 11:25:35 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=8130 The post Rare Large Crouching Bactrian Camel appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Rare Large Crouching Bactrian Camel

Early Tang Dynasty (618-907) | Original pigment!!! 
Long 55 cm., high 53 cm. 3 pieces 
Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item. 

The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item. 
– The result of the CT scan -X-ray test # KP 179-2/01 , is consistent with the dating of the item. 

Provenance: Very important and old private German collection, Mr. W. R., Wiesbaden collected before 1995. 

Rare Large Crouching Bactrian Camel. Powerfully modelled animal with its forelegs folded beneath it and hindlegs extended as if in the process of sitting or standing, with the furry neck turned to the left and mouth open as it braying, with a foreign rider seated between the two humps, the rider with exaggerated features wearing a long chestnut jacket and trousers, the saddle had been made in two separate pieces. Original colours. 

It is very rare to find such a large pottery crouching camel and rider in this particularly attractive and complete condition. Compare a closely related figure of a camel and rider, of equally large size, included in the exhibition Chinesische Kunst, Preussiche Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, 1929, cat. no. 330. 


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Extremely Rare Painted Gary Pottery Bactrian Camel https://beckerantiques.com/blog/extremely-rare-painted-gary-pottery-bactrian-camel/ Fri, 08 Jun 2018 11:18:22 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=8107 The post Extremely Rare Painted Gary Pottery Bactrian Camel appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Extremely Rare Painted Gary Pottery Bactrian Camel

Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534 A.D.) 
Long 26 cm, high 32 cm. 

– The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item. Test results will be provided to the winning bidder. 

Provenance: 
Very important and old German private collection, Mr. W. R., collected before 1995. 

Extremely Rare Painted Gary Pottery Bactrian Camel. The camel well modelled in a standing position . With head raised in a bray and kinked tail swished to one side. The tufts of hair on his head. Neck and body simply indicated with combed incising and stippling. Two large bags slung over the large saddle cloth fitted over the two humps. Traces of pigment and earth encrustation. 

A number of related examples of large camels in process of rising exist. See Wenwu, 1992:9, p. 67, fig. 6 for a slightly larger example excavated from Xi’an in 1988. Compare also the two camels and riders in Indianapolis Museum of Art illustrated by Mino and Robinson, Beauty and Tranquillity: The Eli Lilly Collection of Chinese Ceramics, Indianapolis, 1983, pl. 59 and 60. And the pair in Klapthor, Chinese Ceramics from the Collection of The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 1993, no. 7. 

 


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Large Gray Stone Seated Lion https://beckerantiques.com/blog/large-gray-stone-seated-lion/ Fri, 08 Jun 2018 10:21:36 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=8092 The post Large Gray Stone Seated Lion appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Large Gray Stone Seated Lion

17th-18th century, China

Height 37 cm.
Provenace: 
– S. Cserno – Antiek, Amsterdam 
– Private collection, The Netherlands 
Large Gray Stone Seated Lion. The muscular Lion powerfully modelled seated on its haunches on a large rectangular base, his forelegs outstretched and long tail curled up over its back. The head nicely carved with fierce expression, with open mouth in roar position below very detailed eyes, all framed by swept-back mane, tufts of fur carved to the shoulders and chest. Two small pieces of the right side of the mane are missing, and one from the left side . See photos. Very good condition. The stone of gray colour with nice aged patina. 


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Large Painted Grey Pottery Caparisoned Horse https://beckerantiques.com/blog/large-painted-grey-pottery-caparisoned-horse/ Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:19:27 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=8035 The post Large Painted Grey Pottery Caparisoned Horse appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Large Painted Grey Pottery Caparisoned Horse

Northern Qi dynasty (550-577)

Original pigmets, very important (white, orange, red and black )!

– The result of the thermoluminescence test number 05110705 form R. Kotalla Laboratory, is consistent with the dating of the item.

Provenance: Very important and old German private collection, Mr. W. R., collected before 1995.

Large Painted Grey Pottery Caparisoned Horse, Finely modelled with head slightly tilted to the left accentuating the arched muscular neck and spirited, alert attitude of the horse. Richly arrayed in finely detailed trappings including a wrapped plume between the pricked, notched ears, a narrow fringe-hung strap at the top of the neck, a chest collar hung with tufts and a crouper hung with pendants below a grid-pattern fitting of bosses molded with florets on the rump, the saddle covered with a long knotted cloth draped over flared mud guards, with traces of white, orange, red and black pigment.

This pottery horse is similar stylistically to an example unearthed in Cixian, Hebei province in 1979 from the tomb of a Eastern Wei princes of the Ruru nationality, see Wenwu 1984, pl, 5. fig. 2 and p.6, fig. 7, no. 3, for a line drawing of the horse.


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Female Polo Player https://beckerantiques.com/blog/female-polo-player/ Sat, 17 Mar 2018 16:06:35 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7952 The post Female Polo Player appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Female Polo Player

Painted Red Pottery Female Polo Player Astride a Galloping Horse

Tang Dynasty, China
35 cm. long, plastic stand

Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

– The results of thermoluminescence tests are consistent with the dating of this object.

The spirited horse covered in a red slip and modelled in full gallop with all four legs extended and in the air. The rider seated firmly in her saddle with feet stretched forward in the stirrups, her body twisted to the left at the waist and dressed in a long green, white and red tight-fitting tunic above black boots. The arms positioned to strike, the softly modelled face detailed in red and black pigment on a white slip beneath the black hair drawn up in a knot.

This figure is closely related to the well-known group of four female polo players in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, referred to in the Handbook of the Collections, Kansas City, 1959, p. 208; cf. also M. Medley, Tang Pottery and Porcelain, pl. 41, pl. 51; compare further the polo player exhibited ant the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1953-6, Catalogue. pl. 2432, p. 223.


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Mounted Hunter with Lynx https://beckerantiques.com/blog/mounted-hunter-with-lynx/ Sat, 17 Mar 2018 11:55:21 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7930 The post Mounted Hunter with Lynx appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Mounted Hunter with Lynx

Early Tang Dynasty (618-907) 
Earthenware with pigments 
Height 34 cm., 
Excavated from the tomb in Qianxian, Shaanxi province. 

Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

– The results of thermoluminescence tests are consistent with the dating of this object.

Provenance: Very important and old private German collection, collected before 1995.

The horse shown striding, the head well modelled with flared nostrils, open mouth as if the horse is neighing and expressive eyes below the picked years, with hogged mane and head turned to the left, the separate saddle cloth with incised border. The rider seated firmly in his saddle with feet stretched forward in the stirrups. His face very detailed, much of the original pigment remaining.

Imitating practices from the West, Tang hunters of small mammals and fowl trained lynxes and cheetahs to sit along side them on the horse. Often the animals had their own seat. Lynxes are often shown with upright ears with tufts of black fur. The animal seen here has the upright ears of the lynx.

The action here has been interpreted as the lynx returning to its master¹. But the hunter twists his body around in anger, his right hand raised as if to strike the snarling feline. The lack of a site attached to the saddle also throws into question whether the animal belong to his hunter at all. According to Muhammad Ibn Mangli, act. 1352-76, an Arab trainer, a lynx that has not caught its prey can sometimes turn on its master. Such so-called lynxes would then be given new trainers².

¹ Zhang Guangda 2001: 178.
² Ibn Mangli 1984 is quoted extensively in Zhang Guangda 2001: 190.


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Extremely Rare Pottery Kneeling Entertainer https://beckerantiques.com/blog/extremely-rare-pottery-kneeling-entertainer/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:41:09 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7887 The post Extremely Rare Pottery Kneeling Entertainer appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Extremely Rare Pottery Kneeling Entertainer

Han Dynasty, Shaanxi province, China

Measures: High 31 cm.

Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

– The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item.

Extremely Rare Pottery Kneeling Entertainer. The kneeling figure wearing a robe tied at the hips with a red sash hugging the slender body. The loose sleeves revealing a thick white undergarment exposed from the elbow to the wrist, arranged in folds around the neck and visible at the hem gathered to either side of her crossed feet. Her hands held up before her as if holding an object. She is contemplating, her serene face delicately modelled with a serene expression. Extensive traces of pigment remaining.

The fine features and recessed eyes on the face of this figure suggest that it may have been modelled by hand, giving it an almost lifelike presence, unlike the more common type of Han Dynasty ladies which are formed in moulds.

Compare the painted pottery kneeling entertainer in the Han Yangling Museum catalogue, p. 99, fig. 158. and another comparable example, Christie’s London, December 1996, lot 65.


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Large Black Lacquered Bronze Figure Guandi https://beckerantiques.com/blog/large-black-lacquered-bronze-figure-guandi/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:06:41 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7879 The post Large Black Lacquered Bronze Figure Guandi appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Large Black Lacquered Bronze Figure Guandi

Large Black Lacquered Bronze Figure Guandi. Seated firmly in European fashion on a throne with his booted feet apart, both hands posted on his upper legs, wearing various garments including armour, single-sleeved mantle, his right shoulder decorated with a lion epaulet, his face with ferocious expression, beard and whiskers.

A large black lacquered bronze figure of Guandi

Ming dynasty, China

Measure: Height 38 cm.

Wooden stand.


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Painted Red Pottery Saddled Horse https://beckerantiques.com/blog/painted-red-pottery-saddled-horse/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:00:29 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7867 The post Painted Red Pottery Saddled Horse appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Painted Red Pottery Saddled Horse

Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.)

High 30 cm.
With the original colours.

Excellent condition. An intact (not broken or repaired).

Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

– The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item.

Painted Red Pottery Saddled Horse. Finely modelled standing foursquare with head turned to the left, the mouth very detailed and ears picked, with hogged mane and docked tail, the saddle covered with a knotted cloth set atop a blanket painted with scrolling foliage.

A similar horse is illustrated in Jacques Barrere, Art d’Extreme Orient, Paris, 1991, pp. 50-51,

 

Please be advised that the figure is genuine – real and original. It has been not compose and made from two or three different horses in one. The polychrome is also original. A perfect piece. The item is describe as it is or your money back.


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Painted Gray Pottery Equestrian Figure https://beckerantiques.com/blog/painted-gray-pottery-equestrian-figure/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:36:13 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7852 The post Painted Gray Pottery Equestrian Figure appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Painted Gray Pottery Equestrian Figure

Eastern Wei Dynasty (534-550 A.D.), Shaanxi province, China
With the original colours.
Long 24 cm. High 31 cm.

Excellent condition. An intact (not broken or repaired). Eastern Wei objects are very rare!

Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

– The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item.

Painted Gray Pottery Equestrian Figure. The caparisoned horse standing foursquare on a rectangular base with its head tiled forward, the rider seated with both hands raised in a position to hold some object, wearing a high headdress with earmuffs and full-sleeved tunic gathered over loose pantaloons, traces of white and burgundy-red pigment.

Provenance: Kunst en Antiekhandel J S Becker sinds 1969.

A similar equestrian figure was excavated from Eastern Wei tomb dated 547 A.D. in Dongchen (Hebei province) and illustrated in Kaoga, 1977, no. 6, p. 394, fig. 4 (3)

The unusual high headdress with ears muffs is said to have been made of silk gauze and is discussed and illustrated by Scholss, Ancient Chinese Ceramics Sculpture, vol. I, p. 155, fig. 74 where he describes it as being made for both the male and female aristocracy.


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Female Polo Player Astride Galloping Pony https://beckerantiques.com/blog/female-polo-player-astride-galloping-pony/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:57:26 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7834 The post Female Polo Player Astride Galloping Pony appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Female Polo Player Astride Galloping Pony

A Rare Painted Red Pottery Female Polo Player Astride A Galloping Pony

Tang Dynasty (618-907), Shaanxi province, China

Long 35 cm. Plastic stand

– The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item. Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

Female Polo Player Astride Galloping Pony, the spirited horse naturalistically and dramatically modelled as in full gallop with all four legs extended and hoofs of the ground. The rider seated firmly in her saddle with feet stretched forward in the stirrups. Her body twisted at the waist and dressed in long tight-fitting costume. With her right arm raised to strike, her softly modelled face detailed in black and red pigment on a white slip beneath the black hair drawn up into a double topknot, much of the original pigment remaining.

This figure is closely related to the well-known group of four female polo players in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, referred to in the Handbook of the Collections, Kansas City, 1959, p. 208; cf. also M. Medley, Tang Pottery and Porcelain, pl. 41, pl. 51; compare further the polo player exhibited ant the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1953-6, Catalogue. pl. 2432, p. 223.


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Painted Red Pottery Female Polo Player Astride a Galloping Horse https://beckerantiques.com/blog/painted-red-pottery-female-polo-player-astride-galloping-horse/ Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:39:21 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7798 The post Painted Red Pottery Female Polo Player Astride a Galloping Horse appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Painted Red Pottery Female Polo Player Astride a Galloping Horse

China. Tang Dynasty. Very Good

Tang Dynasty (618-907), Shaanxi province, China
With the original colours, very important. Gilt polychrome exceptional and very rare.
Long 30 cm. Plastic stand

Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

Painted Red Pottery Female Polo Player Astride a Galloping Horse. The spirited horse covered in a red slip and modelled in full gallop with all four legs extended and in the air. The rider seated firmly in her saddle with feet stretched forward in the stirrups, her body twisted to the left at the waist and dressed in a long black and green tight-fitting tunic above black boots. The arms positioned to strike, the softly modelled face detailed in red and black pigment on a white slip beneath the black hair drawn up in a knot.

Provenance:
Dutch private collection J. S. Amsterdam.
Acquired in 2011 from Kunst en Antiekhandel J S Becker sinds 1969.

 


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Tang Dynasty Horse https://beckerantiques.com/blog/tang-dynasty-horse/ Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:56:33 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7706 The post Tang Dynasty Horse appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Tang Dynasty Horse

Early Tang Dynasty, 7th-8th century.
High 43 cm., wide 44 cm
Grey pottery.

With the original colours.
Very good condition, see photos

A Painted Grey Pottery Figure of Striding Horse with Separate Saddle, Tang Dynasty, Tl Test, H 43 cm.

Tang Dynasty Horse, the figure shown striding, the head well modelled with flare nostrils and expressive eyes below the picked ears. The horse with hogged mane and head turned to the left, the separate saddle cloth with incised border, the figure is covered with a white pigment which is now under the tomb ground.

Note: The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item.
A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

Provenance: Dutch private collection Geert A. W. Amsterdam. Director Ligne & Partners B.V. Architecten.


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Fine Baule Maternity Figure https://beckerantiques.com/blog/fine-baule-maternity-figure/ Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:48:02 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7582 The post Fine Baule Maternity Figure appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Fine Baule Maternity Figure

From the Kulango area
High 35 cm., total 41 cm.
Wooden base.

Fine Baule Maternity Figure, standing with the child against her abdomen,  the right hand holds its legs and the left supporting its back, with grooved crescent coiffure and keloid scarification on forehead, the triangular face with large circular eyes, dark glossy patina.

* Baoulé people

The Baoulé (or Baule, pron. [ba.u.le] in French, [bawle] in the Baoulé language) are an Akan people and one of the largest groups in Côte d’Ivoire. The Baoulé are traditionally farmers who live in the centre of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), in a triangle shaped region (the Baoule “V”) between the rivers Bandama and N’Zi. This area broadly encompasses the regions around the cities of Bouaké and Yamoussoukro. The Baoulé have come to play a relatively important role in the recent history of Côte d’Ivoire : the State’s first President, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, was a Baoulé ; additionally, since the Ivorian cocoa boom of the 1960-70s, the Baoulé have also become one of the most widespread ethnicity throughout the country, especially in the Southern forests (the « Low Coast ») where they are amongst the most numerous planters of cocoa, rubber, and coffee and sometimes seem to outnumber the local native ethnic groups.

Legend goes that in the 17th century the Baoulé left present day Ghana and traveled west into present day Côte d’Ivoire under the lead of the Queen Pokou. According to oral tradition, the Baoulé were forced to leave Ghana when the Ashanti rose to power. While they were fleeing for their lives they came to the Komoe river which they were unable to cross. With their enemies chasing them they began to throw their most prized possessions into the river. It came to the Queen’s attention that their most valuable possession was her son. The Queen realized that she had to sacrifice her son to the river and threw him in. Upon doing so hippopotami rose from the river and allowed them to cross, saving their lives. After crossing, the Queen was so upset about losing her son that all she could say was “baouli,” meaning: the child is dead. From that point on they were known as the Baoulé

* From Wikipedia


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Highly Important Wood Sculpture Fudo Myo-o (Acala) https://beckerantiques.com/blog/highly-important-wood-sculpture-fudo-myo-o-acala/ Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:00:39 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7535 The post Highly Important Wood Sculpture Fudo Myo-o (Acala) appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Highly Important Wood Sculpture Fudo Myo-o (Acala)

Edo period (1615-1868), early 18th century; high 60 cm.

Highly Important Wood Sculpture Fudo Myo-o (Acala). The figure shown seated cross-legged modeled with the soft figure of a youth but with a fierce facial expression with the upper teeth and fangs biting the lower lip and the eyebrows embellished with gilt, a lotus crown adorning the figure’s head and the hair swept to one side in a braid down the left shoulder, a kurikara (Buddhist sword) held in the right hand and a weighted rope in the left (both later additions), the robes draped around his waist and over the left shoulder, the eyes inlaid in crystal; with gilt-metal jewelry; a large separately carved flame nimbus emanating from the rear painted in red with gilt highlights, the six-step base decorated in gilt and with a lengthy inscription on the base.

Reference: Similar  polychrome wood figure of Fudo Myo-o (Acala) has been included in the Kamakura Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan, p. 54-55,  Ive Covaci; Asia Society Museum in association with Yele University Press, New Haven and London


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Rare Large Bronze Seven Headed Kannon https://beckerantiques.com/blog/rare-large-bronze-seven-headed-kannon/ Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:58:45 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7515 The post Rare Large Bronze Seven Headed Kannon appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Rare Large Bronze Seven Headed Kannon

Kannon Bodhisattva (Bosatsu) – Goddess of Mercy
18 century, Edo period, Japan
Height 70 cm.

Rare Large Bronze Seven Headed Kannon. Standing full-length depiction of a female deity holding water jar in the right hand containing Jōsui 浄水, a miraculous elixir that relieves the thirst of devotees and forming an inverted “Fear Not” Mudra with the left hand. Adorned with an ornate crown composed of miniature heads and a standing Buddha. Figure is mounted on a stepped circular base with incised ornament and a calligraphic inscription on back.


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Fine Large Taihu Scholar’s Rock https://beckerantiques.com/blog/fine-large-taihu-scholars-rock/ Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:35:23 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7492 The post Fine Large Taihu Scholar’s Rock appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Fine Large Taihu Scholar’s Rock

Height 55 cm.
China

Fine Large Taihu Scholar’s Rock. The stone of nice dark colour and formed with jagged outcrops and protrusions, with translucent veining providing an attractive contrast.

* Chinese scholars’ rocks , also known as scholar stones or viewing stones, are naturally occurring or shaped rocks which are traditionally appreciated by Chinese scholars.

Scholars’ rocks can be any colour, and contrasting colours are not uncommon. The size of the stone can also be quite varied: scholars’ rocks can weigh either hundreds of pounds or less than one pound.[2] The term also identifies stones which are placed in traditional Chinese gardens.

History

In the Tang dynasty, a set of four important qualities for the rocks were recognized. They are: thinness (shou), openness (tou), perforations (lou), and wrinkling (zhou).

Chinese scholar’s rocks influenced the development of Korean suseok and Japanese suiseki.

Origin

The origin of the stone is a notable feature.

Lingbi stone from Anhui. Ming Dynasty, 15th century

  • Lingbi stone (Lingbishi) from Lingbi, Anhuiprovince, limestone
  • Taihu stone (Taihushi) from Lake Tai, Jiangsuprovince, limestone
  • Yingde stone (Yingshior Yingdeshi) from Yingde, Guangdong province, limestone

* From Wikipedia

 


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, this finely carved stylized male figure has an exceptional and high abstract face with individualized facial features including a T-shaped straight nose, rectangular open mouth, and a square prognathous chin. His finely carved, high vertical crest coiffure has different elements on each cylindrical neck which rests on squared shoulders. The hips and legs are carved in the round with bent knees above flat feet carved in low relief with ankles and toes indicated. His left arm holds an egg. Dark reddish glossy patina.

* Baoulé people

The Baoulé (or Baule, pron. [ba.u.le] in French, [bawle] in the Baoulé language) are an Akan people and one of the largest groups in Côte d’Ivoire. The Baoulé are traditionally farmers who live in the centre of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), in a triangle shaped region (the Baoule “V”) between the rivers Bandama and N’Zi. This area broadly encompasses the regions around the cities of Bouaké and Yamoussoukro. The Baoulé have come to play a relatively important role in the recent history of Côte d’Ivoire : the State’s first President, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, was a Baoulé ; additionally, since the Ivorian cocoa boom of the 1960-70s, the Baoulé have also become one of the most widespread ethnicity throughout the country, especially in the Southern forests (the « Low Coast ») where they are amongst the most numerous planters of cocoa, rubber, and coffee and sometimes seem to outnumber the local native ethnic groups.

Legend goes that in the 17th century the Baoulé left present day Ghana and traveled west into present day Côte d’Ivoire under the lead of the Queen Pokou. According to oral tradition, the Baoulé were forced to leave Ghana when the Ashanti rose to power. While they were fleeing for their lives they came to the Komoe river which they were unable to cross. With their enemies chasing them they began to throw their most prized possessions into the river. It came to the Queen’s attention that their most valuable possession was her son. The Queen realized that she had to sacrifice her son to the river and threw him in. Upon doing so hippopotami rose from the river and allowed them to cross, saving their lives. After crossing, the Queen was so upset about losing her son that all she could say was “baouli,” meaning: the child is dead. From that point on they were known as the Baoulé

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Rare Lega Several Heads Figure

D.R. of Congo
High 68 cm
Provenance: From the Collection of Mr. G. L. of Clinton, Massachusetts.

Rare Lega Several Heads Figure. This fetish figure was used during initiation ceremonies related to the Bwami secret society. It represents the elephant hunter who calls for help on seeing an elephant.

* Lega people

The Lega people traditionally live in small village groups, with no central authority. Within a community, a chief inherits his position on a patrilineal basis, and his close relatives have highest rank.[1] Counterbalancing this hereditary structure, the Bwami society also regulates social and political life. This society has seven levels for men and four for women and is open to all. An initiate advances through the ranks through a complex system of instruction, payment and initiation, achieving increasing status. A member of the highest level is recognized as a Kindi, a social leader with great moral authority.

The Lega people are polytheistic. Their gods include Kalaga, the promiser; Kenkunga, the reassembler; Ombe, the hidden; Kaginga, the incarnation of evil. Kaginga assists sorcerers, but Bwami membership can protect an individual against the evil doings of witches.

The Lega people originated in what is today Uganda, and started to migrate from there to their present location in the 16th century. They were fierce warriors, conquering the people whose territory they entered and imposing many of their customs.[1] By the mid-1800s the Lega were surrounded by Arab / Swahili slave posts. Although none of these posts was within the Lega territory, they were constantly threatened by slave raids. For most of the period of the Congo Free State, the Lega territory was within the area that Tippu Tip and his successors had reserved. For a period two Arab agents of the Free State, Munie Chabodu and Munie Mtoro, ruled the Lega and collected tribute in the form of rubber and ivory. They established towns at Micici on the Elila, Shabunda on the Ulindi and Mulungu in the mountains.

During the 1890s the Belgians fought a series of campaigns in which they drove away the Arab slavers, and established government posts near Micici and Shabunda. They did not fully occupy the territory until the 1900s. They organized the Lega into chiefdoms, sectors and territories, changes that were neither resisted nor welcomed by the Lega. Catholic missionaries arrived in the 1910s and the first Protestant mission was founded in 1922 in Shabunda.[8] Mining began in eastern Legaland in 1923, with further mines opened in the 1930s, employing many young Lega. Often they took a job only for a short period to earn enough money for some purpose such as Bwami initiation or marriage.

In 1933 the Belgian authorities banned Bwami, and they prohibited the society again in 1948. The Bwami continued underground and was officially recognized again in 1958, but by then much of the tradition of art production had been lost. Zaire became independent in 1960. The regime of Mobutu Sese Seko was harsh and corrupt, and Mobutu was eventually ousted in the First Congo War (1996-1997). This was soon followed by the Second Congo War (1998-2003) in which rebels attempted to throw out his successor, Laurent-Désiré Kabila. The Lega territory was the scene of many violent conflicts during this period.

* From Wikipedia


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