311. A Buddhist Reliquary

Japan, 17th century
Size: 6.5 cm high

from

JEAN-CLAUDE CIANCIMINO’s
Alchemical toy-cupboard

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I remember very well the day Jean-Claude bought this reliquary at a Christie’s auction in October 1972. It was part of the Ducas Collection, a large group of mainly Himalayan bronzes owned by an elderly couple in Paris. Their interest in such things had come from a spell in Indo-China.

Provenance: Ducas Collection, Paris; sold at Christie’s, London