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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 349

    A BLACK STONE HEAD OF BUDDHA

    SUI/TANG DYNASTY, 6TH-7TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A BLACK STONE HEAD OF BUDDHA
    SUI/TANG DYNASTY, 6TH-7TH CENTURY
    Possibly Shandong province, the soft face well carved with well-defined mouth, a broad nose, and partially open eyes below the gentle curve of the brows, the hair simply depicted with curved hairline and rounded usnisa
    12¼ in. (31 cm.) high, black stone stand


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    Compare the faces of Buddhas from two sites in Shandong province, at Toshan and Longtong, executed during the Sui dynasty, illustrated by O. Sirén, Chinese Sculpture from the Fifth to Fourteenth Century, London, 1925, pls. 348 and 356, respectively. The latter view in particular shows figures displaying the strong lateral striations resulting from severe weathering and water seepage within caves which the present lot exhibits, although its specific site location has yet to be determined.

    Provenance

    Robert Rousset, Compagnie de la Chine et des Indes, Paris, 1974.