Tibet or Himalayas. Finely carved standing in samabhanga atop a small skull, lacking feet or arms, the spine neatly detailed, the ribs well-executed in openwork, the two large eye sockets vacant, with fierce grimace and teeth bared. Wearing a crown in the form of a vajra rising from lotus-lappets behind three smaller skulls.
Provenance: Marc Assayag, Montreal. Indian Heritage, Paris, acquired from the above. Collection d’un Grand Amateur, France, acquired from the above. Marc Assayag is an art dealer, photographer, researcher, and writer. As one of the pioneers of presenting Tribal Art, Marc has been engaged as guest curator in New York, invited to travel with the Cousteau Foundation and served as photographer for many noted publications. As an international Art dealer, Marc participates in major art fairs around the world both as lecturer and dealer. Specializing in Melanesian art, Marc is also, since 2015, owner of the world class Jolika Collection of New Guinea art, and its reputed library. Established in 2006 by Frederic Rond, Indian Heritage is a gallery specializing in Indian and Himalayan art. Located in St Germain des Prés, Paris, it offers a large selection of primitive and classical pieces with a focus on Himalayan masks.
Condition: Very good condition with minor old wear, few minuscule nicks, and occasional light scratches. Fine natural patina, commensurate with age, and an unctuous feel overall.
Weight: 107.2 g (excl. stand)
Dimensions: Height 30.7 cm (incl. stand) and 29.6 cm (excl. stand)
With an associated metal stand. (2)
Auction result comparison:
Auction: Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 2 October 2017, lot 3144
Price: HKD 9,100,000 or approx. EUR 1,263,500 converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing
Description: An extremely rare large gilt-bronze figure depicting a chitipati or kinkara tibet or himalayas, 17th – 18th century
Expert remark: Compare the related motif, note the material.
來源：蒙特利爾Marc Assayag。巴黎的Indian Heritage，購於上述收藏。法國 一個業餘愛好者收藏，購自上述收藏。 Marc Assayag 是一位藝術品經銷商、攝影師、研究員和作家。 作為展示部落藝術的先驅之一，Marc曾在紐約擔任客座策展人，受邀與Cousteau基金會一起旅行，並擔任許多著名出版物的攝影師。 作為國際藝術品經銷商，Marc 以講師和經銷商的身份參加世界各地的主要藝術博覽會。 Marc 專注於美拉尼西亞藝術，自 2015 年以來，他還是世界一流的新幾內亞 Jolika 藝術收藏館及其著名圖書館的所有者。 Indian Heritage 由 Frederic Rond 於 2006 年創立，是一家專門從事印度和喜馬拉雅藝術的藝廊。 它位於巴黎的聖日耳曼德佩區，有大量原始和古典作品，重點是喜馬拉雅面具。
尺寸：總高 30.7 厘米，不含29.6 厘米
價格：HKD 9,100,000（相當於今日EUR 1,263,500）
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