Qing dynasty Marichi figure auctions for $254,500 at Bonhams


2015-06-26 13:26:08


Qing dynasty Marichi figure auctions for $254,500 at Bonhams

Buddhist figures dominated at Bonhams yesterday, led by a Qing dynasty Marichi

A Qing dynasty figure of the Buddhist deity Marichi has sold as top lot in Bonhams' Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art auction, which was held in New York on September 18.

Qing dynasty Marichi figureGilt Buddhist figures are hot property on the market, with many selling with huge increaes on estimate

The piece, made from gilt copper alloy and dating to the 18th century, represents the bodhisattiva Marichi, who is associated with light and the sun in Chinese Buddhism. It sold for $254,500.

The sale was dominated by similar Buddhist figures from across Asia, which have been selling extremely well at auction recently.

On September 16, a gilt bronze example from China's Yongle period made a 333.3% increase on estimate to lead Bonhams' Chinese Art from the Scholar's Studio sale.

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