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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 363

    A RARE DARK GREY STONE BUST OF A BODHISATTVA

    JIN DYNASTY (1115-1234)

    Price Realised  

    A RARE DARK GREY STONE BUST OF A BODHISATTVA
    JIN DYNASTY (1115-1234)
    Wearing a beaded necklace tied with ribbons that swirl to the sides and dangles to the gathered top of a skirt or dhoti, with beaded bands on the upper arms and a shawl and scarf draped over the shoulders, the face framed by the ears which are adorned with jeweled earrings, and by long ribbons trailing from a rosette-decorated headdress, traces of pigment
    19½ in. (49.5 cm.) high, stand


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    Compare the features of the present lot to those of a bronze head of a bodhisattva dated to the Northern Song/Jin dynasty, 11th-12th century, in the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum, illustrated in Homage to Heaven Homage to Earth, Toronto, 1992, p. 176, no. 102. Both figures exhibit broad faces with long, slender noses and small, tightly pursed lips. The hair of both figures is arranged in a very similar manner, with the segments parted in front between two whorls. This distinctive feature appears frequently on sculpture of the Jin dynasty, and can also be seen on a six-armed figure of Candra in the Shanhua Temple in Datong, illustrated in Zhongguo Meishu Quanji: Diaosu Bian, vol. 5, Beijing, 1988, no. 178.

    Provenance

    Robert Rousset, Compagnie de Chine et des Indes, Paris, 1966.