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A PAINTED WHITE MARBLE FIGURE OF BUDDHA
A PAINTED WHITE MARBLE FIGURE OF BUDDHA
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THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
A PAINTED WHITE MARBLE FIGURE OF BUDDHA

TANG DYNASTY (AD 618-907)

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A PAINTED WHITE MARBLE FIGURE OF BUDDHA TANG DYNASTY (AD 618-907) The Buddha is shown seated in padmasana with right hand raised in abhaya mudra, wearing layered robes falling in graceful folds around the body, the face is carved with crisp features set in a gentle expression, and the hair and ushnisha carved with curls, with traces of red, white, blue and green pigment. 18 ½ in. (47 cm.) high
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The Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, by 1978.
Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections; Christie's New York, 18 March 2009, lot 359.

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Stylistically, the present figure closely relates to a larger (81.3 cm.) limestone Buddha from Shaanxi province, with an inscription dating to AD 639, illustrated by O. Sirén, Chinese Sculpture from the Fifth to the Fourteenth Century, vol. 2, Bangkok, 1998 ed., pl. 365. Both figures are clad in simple robes exposing the chest and are seated in padmasana on similarly draped pedestals with right hands in abhaya mudra. Both figures also have in common a broad face, with crisply rendered features, beneath the tight whorls of hair and pronounced ushnisha.

Also compare a similar, though smaller (35 cm.), Tang-dynasty marble figure of Buddha, shown in similar pose on a draped pedestal base, illustrated in Zui To no Bijutsu, Osaka Municipal Museum of Art, 1976, p. 44, no. 3-42.

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