NEW YORK – Seventy-one lots of outstanding Asian antiques are presented in an online auction to be conducted by Jasper52 on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Among this diverse offering are hand-painted Chinese ceramics, Ming Dynasty tomb figures, carved netsuke, Japanese weaponry, and more, creating a comprehensive representation of the Asian tradition. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Perhaps the most unusual object in the auction is a life-size Sino-Tibetan bronze or copper model of a skull (above), which was used in Tibetan Buddhist rituals. Likely cast from an ancient skull, this item has a thick layer of gold. The bottom, lacking gilt, has a fine brown patina. It weighs about 7 pounds, 4 ounces and has a $3,500-$4,000 estimate.
A large carved and polychrome wood figure of Guanyin (below) is from the Qing Dynasty, (circa 18th century). This is a beautifully detailed figure of the finest style, seated on the Lotus throne with her hands in a resting pose, and wearing finely draped clothing and a large and elaborate headdress. It is from an old Swedish private collection and has a $1,500-$2,000 estimate.
Several Chinese pottery tomb figures are offered including a group known as the Dying Buddha, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Buddha is depicted lying on a large ornate bed surrounded by acolytes. The large group is completely intact with fine wear and patina, including finely crackled glaze in parts (est. $2,000-$2,500).
A 19th century carved boxwood netsuke of a resting zebu ox is a rare piece in that cows and buffalos are the more often found animals in this form. This is an excellent carving by Hoichi, a listed netsuke artist. It exhibits beautiful wear and patina (est. $1,100-$1,500).
A wonderful object for contemplation on a scholar’s table is a carved soapstone brush rest in the form of a mountain range with five peaks. The stone is salmon color with darker veining and lighter inclusions and has a fine finish and patina (est. $550-$700).
The Jasper52 auction of Asian antiques will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2, beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern.