A STONE HEAD OF BUDDHA
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION
A STONE HEAD OF BUDDHA

NORTHERN QI-SUI DYNASTY (AD 550-618)

Details
A STONE HEAD OF BUDDHA
NORTHERN QI-SUI DYNASTY (AD 550-618)
The face is very finely carved, with bow-shaped mouth and downcast eyes below finely arched brows. The hair is arranged in tight snail-shell curls over the ushnisha.
12 ¼ in. (31.1 cm.) high
Provenance
Sotheby's London, 7 December 1993, lot 39.

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Lot Essay

Compare the present head with a similar stone head, dated to the Northern Qi dynasty, in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, illustrated by D. Leidy, Wisdom Embodied: Chinese Buddhist and Daoist Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2010, p. 81, no. 10D. See, also, a standing figure with a similarly-treated head, also dated to the Northern Qi, in the Nezu Institute of Fine Arts, Tokyo, illustrated in Comprehensive Illustrated Catalogue of Chinese Buddhist Sculptures in Overseas Collections, vol. 3, Beijing, 2005, p. 508.

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