Asian Art

Asian Art has been one of Koller’s main specialities for over fifty years. Created and developed by Berti Aschmann, whose personal collection is today in Zurich’s Rietberg Museum, our twice-yearly auctions of Asian art are important dates in the agenda of collectors from around the world, and particularly from China. In recent years, numerous rare bronzes from the Himalaya region and from China have been purchased for important prices in our sales by new collectors from Asia. Many of the objects in Koller’s auctions have been in Swiss private collections for many years and so are practically unknown to the general public, which renders them all the more attractive and exciting to professionals and collectors.

Regi Preiswerk

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Stefanie Haider

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8031 Zurich
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Carmen Liou

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8031 Zurich
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Brigitte Huber

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8031 Zurich
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Upcoming auctions

W259AS - Asian Art: Japan, India, South-East Asia (West)
06.12.2018
ibid108 - ibid Asian Art: Japan, India, South-East Asia
03.12.2019 04.00 PM
A191AS - Asian Art: Himalaya, China
03.12.2019 10.00 AM
A191AS - Asian Art: Japan, India, South-East Asia
03.12.2019 02.00 PM

Past auctions

ibid104 - ibid Asian Art: Japan, India, South-East Asia
05.06.2019
ibid104 - Ibid Asian Art: Himalaya, China
05.06.2019
A189AS - Asian Art: Japan, India, South-East Asia
04.06.2019
 
A189AS - Asian Art: Himalaya, China
04.06.2019
 

A RARE COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF MANJUSHRI IN HIS HERO ASPECT.
CHF 49 100

A RARE COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF MANJUSHRI IN HIS HERO ASPECT.

Tibet, around 1800, height 21 cm.
Brown patina with decorative gold, silver and turquoise inlays. The lotus flower at his left shoulder is lost. The statue bears an inscription in Tibetan incised around the lotus basis identifying the figure and also mentioning its donor: “...This sacred support was commissioned by rTa tshag pa.” It refers to an incarnation lineage of Gelug masters. The most famous were the 8th and 10th rTa tshag who acted as regents over Tibet between 1789–90, 1791–1811 and 1875–86. The lineage goes back to Baso Chokyi Gyaltsen (1402-73) but the first to bear the title of rTa tshag was the 6th incarnation Ngagwang Konchog Nyima (1653-1707). The previous incarnations were named rTa tshag retroactively as it is common among Tibetan masters. From the 8th incarnation Yeshe Lobsang Tenpai Gonpo (1760-1810) on, the lineage settled in Kundeling monastery near Lhasa. The inscription unfortunately does not provide further information regarding the exact identity of the master nor any specific period. Nevertheless, the use of “rTa tshag pa” as a name for the commissioner without any other precision could indicate an “obviousness” due to the celebrity of the character. Since the lineage became famous and settled in Lhasa with the 8th incarnation, it is possible this statue was commissioned during or after his life in the surroundings of the Kundeling monastery.
A RARE COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF MANJUSHRI IN HIS HERO ASPECT.