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A BRONZE FIGURE OF PADMAPANI, CENTRAL JAVA Indonesia, c. 12th – 15th century. Standing in samabhanga on a tall double lotus base raised on a circular pedestal, the right hand in varadamudra and the left holding a lotus stem blossoming at the shoulder, clad in a short dhoti and adorned with a sash and beaded jewelry, the serene face with heavy-lidded downcast eyes and the hair tied neatly into an elaborate chignon secured with a foliate tiara. The bronze with a natural patina and encrustations of malachite and cuprite, as well as extensive calcification. Provenance: From the collection of Paolo Bertuzzi. Paolo Bertuzzi (1943-2022) was a fashion stylist from Bologna, Italy. He was the son of Enrichetta Bertuzzi, founder of Hettabretz, a noted Italian fashion company with customers such as the Rothschild family, Audrey Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor. Paolo Bertuzzi later took over his mother’s business and designed exclusive pieces, some of which were exhibited in the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum in New York, USA. He was also an avid collector of antiques for more than 60 years. His collection includes both archaic and contemporary art, and he edited two important books about Asian art, Goa Made - An Archaeological Discovery, about a large-scale archaeological project carried out with the Italian and Indonesian governments, and Majapahit, Masterpieces from a Forgotten Kingdom. Condition: Good condition with extensive wear, commensurate with age. Losses, chips, nicks, signs of weathering, encrustations, and pitting. Repair to the blossoming lotus on the shoulder. Weight: 4,455 g Dimensions: Height 49 cm Auction result comparison: Type: Related Auction: Christie’s New York, 20 September 2006, lot 202 Price: USD 66,000 or approx. EUR 94,000 converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing Description: A rare bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara, Thailand or Indonesia, Shrivijaya, 9th century Expert remark: Compare the related form, size, and similar modeling.

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For sale on Friday 28 Jun : 11:00 (CEST)
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