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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 355

    A SANDSTONE HEAD OF A MONK

    NORTHERN QI DYNASTY (550-577), TIANLONGSHAN CAVES

    Price Realised  

    A SANDSTONE HEAD OF A MONK
    NORTHERN QI DYNASTY (550-577), TIANLONGSHAN CAVES
    Possibly from Cave 16, the bald head well carved with delicate features set in a gentle expression, very faint traces of pigment
    8 in. (20.3 cm.) high, black stone stand


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    See Sun Di, Ti'en Lung Shan Grottoes: Research on the Overseas Stone Statues, Beijing, 2004, p. 133, no. 141, for an illustration of the statues of the north wall of Cave 16, amongst which is a standing monk to the proper right of the seated Buddha, which appears to have closely related features, and which may in fact be the source of the present lot. Other monks with similar features are illustrated ibid., p. 134, no. 144, p. 136, no. 148, and p. 138, no. 152, providing details of the north, east and west walls of the same cave, strongly suggesting that this head may have come from Cave 16 at Tianlongshan.

    Provenance

    J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1967.