AN IMPORTANT AND VERY RARE GREY LIMESTONE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA
AN IMPORTANT AND VERY RARE GREY LIMESTONE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA
AN IMPORTANT AND VERY RARE GREY LIMESTONE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA
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AN IMPORTANT AND VERY RARE GREY LIMESTONE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA

EARLY TANG DYNASTY, 8TH CENTURY

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AN IMPORTANT AND VERY RARE GREY LIMESTONE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA
EARLY TANG DYNASTY, 8TH CENTURY
The bodhisattva is shown standing in a tribhanga pose on top of a waisted lotus base, holding an elixir bottle in the left hand and wearing a scalloped necklace and a dhoti bound and gathered at the waist with beaded chains. A long scarf is draped over the lower arms and flower-head-decorated bands encircle the upper arms. The face is carved with a sensuous mouth, and the hair is drawn up into a topknot decorated with a foliate medallion centered by a figure of Amitabha Buddha and falls in wavy tresses that trail along the shoulders. There are slight traces of gilding and gesso.
26 3/8 in. (67 cm.) high
Provenance
Grenville L. Winthrop (1864-1943) Collection, New York, acquired prior to 1925.
Yamanaka & Co., Inc.; Parke Bernet Galleries, New York, 27 May 1944, lot 805 (part).
C. T. Loo & Co., New York.
Frank Caro, successor to C. T. Loo, New York, June 1961.
James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, Chicago.
Eskenazi Ltd., London, 1990.
The Property of a Lady; Christie's New York, 16 September 1998, lot 283.
Literature
O. Sirén, Chinese Sculpture from the Fifth to the Fourteenth Century, London, 1925, vol. 3, pl. 372A.
F. H. Taylor, House of Art, Houston, Texas, 1954, no. 74.
Notre Dame University, Notre Dame Alumnus, Notre Dame, Indiana, March - April 1956, vol. 34, no. 2, p. 7.
E. Turner, 4000 Years of Chinese Art: An Exhibition organized and lent by C. T. Loo, Hartford, Connecticut, 1958, no. 158.
J. V. Sewell, Chinese Art from the Collection of James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf, Chicago, 1970, no. s23.
Eskenazi, Ancient Chinese sculpture from the Alsdorf collection and others, London, 1990, no. 14.
Giuseppe Eskenazi with Hajni Elias, A Dealer’s Hand, The Chinese Art World Through the Eyes of Giuseppe Eskenazi, London, 2012, p. 225, pl. 123.
Exhibited
Houston, Texas, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, House of Art, 1954.
Notre Dame, Indiana, Notre Dame University, O'Shaughnessy Art Gallery, 1956.
Hartford, Connecticut, Wadsworth Atheneum, 4000 Years of Chinese Art: An Exhibition organized and lent by C. T. Loo, 17 October - 30 November 1958.
Chicago, The Arts Club of Chicago, Chinese Art from the Collection of James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf, 21 September - 13 November 1970.
London, Eskenazi, Ancient Chinese sculpture from the Alsdorf collection and others, 12 June - 6 July 1990.

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