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IT IS NOT often that Tibetan thangkas make the headlines, however, last month at Bonhams in London there was a white-glove sale of Te Jongen-Schleiper Collection of Fine Tangkas on 11 May in which all 49 lots were sold. Te top lot was a rare complete set of thangkas of the Panchen Lamas of Tashilhunpo, circa 1835,


estimated at £200,000 – which finally

sold for

£551,000. Te collection comprises nearly 60 thangkas, which were collected in the 1970s. Many of the thangkas were published in the important reference work by Armand Neven, Etudes d’Art Lamaique et de L’Himalaya, published in Brussels in 1978. A number were also published in M Brauen’s edition of Te Dalai Lamas: A Visual History, published in Zurich in 2005. Te collection offers a rare window

onto the highly diverse, complex and colourful world of Tibetan devotional paintings and the pre-sales estimates on the thangkas were estimated from £800 and up to £300,000.

Te top lot of the sale was the

Buddha from the 18th century, were also included in the sale (est £40/60,000). Tey are considered rare in their compositions as the central figures depict a Tibetan teacher or Lama rather than Buddha. An inscription on one of the thangkas identifies the central figure as Drokun Gewa’i Shenyen, a 17th/18th century Drugpa Kagyu Lama from Eastern Tibet. Over all, Bonhams five London

Te complete set of thangkas of the Panchen Lamas of Tashilhunpo Tibet, circa 1835, sold for £551,000 (est £200/300,000), at Bonhams New Bond Street sales rooms in London on 11 May

complete set of thangkas of the Panchen Lamas of Tashilhunpo. Te set comprises three paintings depicting the First, Fourth and Tird Panchen Lamas, and would have been presented with the Fourth Panchen Lama in the honoured central position, as they

were commissioned during his time. Other highlights of the collection

were a complete set of thangkas of Kalachakra,

circa 1780, (est

£60,000/80,000). Te triptych of paintings is a visual document of the complex philosophies contained in

the Kalachakra Tantra, a Sanskrit text emphasising the importance of time, cycles and the use of man’s most subtle energies as a means to transform from mundane existence to enlightened consciousness. Two other thangkas portraying Lamas and the Life of

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LACMA, LOS ANGELES Te Los Angeles County Museum of Art has announced 9 new acquisitions, during the museum’s annual fundraiser, four of which were Asian or Islamic works of art, including a Chinese taihu stone, the first Chinese spirit stone to enter the museum’s collection. Te Chinese tradition of collecting strange and marvellous stones, which reached its peak during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), focused on stones as representations of the primordial energies that created the universe, as well as a symbol of human virtues of strength and endurance. A man’s formal court robe (chaopao) from China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), early 18th century. Te chaopao comes from the Kangxi Emperor’s reign and is composed of indigo-dyed blue silk damask patterned with dragon roundels and clouds that seamlessly transitions into areas of silk satin brocaded with coloured silk- and gold-thread five-claw dragons, symbolising imperial power and signalling an individual’s rank. Chaopao were restricted to the Qing emperor or highest-ranking male courtiers and were worn for the most important ritual functions held within the Forbidden City. Tis example is considered the only comparable early 18th-century chaopao outside of the Palace Museum in Beijing’s Forbidden City. Te Japanese gift is a newly restored pair of eight-panel screens featuring the Hozugawa, a river located in the Arashiyama (Stormy Mountain) area of far northwest Kyoto. Tis pair of screens is by Yamaato Kakurei, one of the ‘Ten Great Disciples’ of the painter Maruyama Okyo (1733-1795), founder of the Maruyama School of painting during the Edo period. In 1795, Okyo created a pair of

screens, today registered as National Treasures, depicting the same river with vegetation and flowering plants on both sides of the river. Finally, a suite of three contemporary works

for the Art of the Middle East collection, Shirin Neshat’s Amir (Villains) from the series Te Book of Kings (2012), a photograph with tattoo-like images derived from the Shahnameh (Book of Kings), the Iranian national epic, which tells of ancient kings and heroes; Khosrow Hassanzadeh’s Pahlavan II, Ready to Order (2008), a mixed-media box focusing on an heroic figure that provides a contemporary outlook on Iranian history, religion, and culture; and Yasmin Sinai’s Te Act of Gordafarid, the Female Warrior (2015), a group of life-size sculptures interpreting the mythological story of Gordafarid, the only woman warrior of the Shahnameh. Tese works will be featured in the upcoming LACMA exhibition In the Fields of Empty Days: Te Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art, planned for May 2018.

NEW PROTECTION OF HERITAGE GROUP Last month, 10 countries have formed a new group aimed at protecting ancient heritage from extremism of the kind that saw the type of destruction seen in the historic city of Palmyra in Syria. Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Greece, Italy, China, India, Bolivia, Mexico and Peru – all home to some of the world’s most cherished archaeological sites – have signed up to the ‘forum’ launched in Athens by ministers and ambassadors from these nations. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, whose

government is spearheading the project along with China, said the group would run joint

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May sales of Asian Art achieved a total of £10,793,751, with the Jongen- Schleiper Collection of Fine Tangkas making a total of £2,181,250. Highlights from the other sales include a bronze figure of the Shakyamuni buddha, Qing dynasty, which sold for £851,000; an 18th century ivory netsuke of a recumbent ox by Tomotada realized £149,000 (est £25/30,000); and a gold-lacquered four-case inro by Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), which sold for £61,250 (est £20/30,000).

A pair of Kui

dragons, vase and cover, sold for £40,000 (est£4/6,000) at the Knightsbridge sale on 8 and 9 May.


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