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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 350

    A DARK GREY STONE HEAD OF BUDDHA

    TANG DYNASTY (618-907), LONGMEN CAVES

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    A DARK GREY STONE HEAD OF BUDDHA
    TANG DYNASTY (618-907), LONGMEN CAVES
    The full face carved with small, delicate features below the hair which is dressed in waves that also cover the usnisa and are divided above the forehead by a narrow segmented band, with remains of pigment
    10 in. (25.5 cm.) high, black stone stand


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    Stylistically this head closely relates to other mid-Tang limestone figures from the Longmen caves. See two larger heads of Buddha (32.1 and 66 cm. respectively) in the Avery Brundage Collection, illustrated in Chinese, Korean and Japanese Sculpture, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Japan, 1974, pp. 212-5, nos. 104 and 106. Of particular note is the treatment of the hair, with both the illustrated examples and the present lot exhibiting two large whorls above the forehead and below a pronounced usnisa adorned with a third whorl. Another feature of this group is the relatively plump face, with deeply set eyes beneath high, arched eyebrows. These same features are also seen on a number of other examples from this group, illustrated in The Lost Statues of the Longmen Caves, Shanghai, 1993, pp. 49-59.

    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 1979.