Mongolian buddhist sculpture – the school of Zanabazar
Collectors of antique buddhist sculptures today especially appreciate figures from Mongolia in the style of the Zanabazar school.
Zanabazar (Dsanabadsar) was one of the greatest and most famous sculptors in the history of Mongolia. He lived from 1635 to 1723 and became the first great Lama of Mongolia, the so called Jebtsundamba Khutukhtu, who played a major role in the development of buddhism in Mongolia.
Extant bronze figures deriving from Zanabazar or his workshop and school of styles are displayed in many collections around the world today. One world-famous depiction of the master himself is exhibited in Bogd Khaan Palace Museum, the winter palace in Ulaanbaatar. Also the Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts in Ulaanbaatar holds an exquisite collection of antique buddhist bronze sculptures and paintings.
Collecting authentic pieces of world history
In today´s art market, fire gilt bronzes from the school of Zanabazar are rare and highly demanded.
So called Zanabazar Buddhas represent a clearly defined field of collecting. Within the field of antique buddhist art, bronze sculptures from Mongolia are considered as highly stable in value, clearly to be defined, hardly to be copied and, after all, extremely rare. These are just a few reasons why collectors love those figures. But above all, it is simply an honor to hold such a piece of authentic world history.
Images courtesy of the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum.