Tuesday, August 13, 2019

5 minutes with...a Himalayan Buddha

Senior Specialist Leiko Coyle (christies.com); Amber Larson (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly

Leiko Coyle -- senior specialist in Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian art at Christie’s in New York -- explains why this beautiful, centuries-old Nepalese sculpture is her "dream piece."

This 51 cm-high gilt-bronze Buddha was produced sometime in the 13th or 14th century by a master Newari artist.

The original inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley, the Newars are renowned for their artistic skill, particularly related to bronze casting.

"We know examples of their work dating back to the 4th century," says Leiko at Christie’s in New York.

"But even today, if you go to the valley, you will see Newar artists practicing the same techniques they used hundreds of years ago. It’s an unbroken living tradition -- such a rarity these days." More

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