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A Rare Stone Head of a Luohan Song Dynasty Well carved with prominent features enchanced by fine lines framing the mouth, extending from the sides of the eyes and across the forehead below a pronounced bump, with traces of black pigment inside the eyes 9¼in. (23.4cm.) high, wood stand

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This well carved head is similar to that of a statue of Kasyapa dated to the Northern Song dynasty and illustrated in Essence of Buddhistic Statues, Beijing, 1995, as well as to the stone head of a luohan, also with deeply lined features and long eyebrows in the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenlunde, Netherlands, illustrated in Hai-Wai Yi-Chen (Chinese Art in Overseas Collections; Buddhist Sculpture), National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1986, pl. 140.


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