A volcanic stone head of a Bodhisattva
A volcanic stone head of a Bodhisattva

INDONESIA, CENTRAL JAVA, 9TH CENTURY

Details
A volcanic stone head of a Bodhisattva
Indonesia, Central Java, 9th century
Beautifully carved with bow-shaped mouth and downcast eyes, surmounted by an elaborate chignon secured with a foliate tiara
29½ in. (74.9 cm.) high
Provenance
Collection of Dr. and Mrs. William T. Price, acquired from Sotheby's, New York, 14 August 1992, lot 111

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Lot Essay

Compare the face and headdress to the contemporaneous Nairrita figure at the British Museum (J. Fontein, The Sculpture of Indonesia, 1990, p.128, cat.8). The striking resemblance lies in the peaceful expressions, realized with smooth, broad eyelids, full soft lips and a rounded jawline. Both also have an elaborate headdress with a central floret above the triple hairline. Impressive in size and quality of carving, this head is an elegant example of the quietly emotive forms achieved by Central Javanese stone carvers.

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