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A Wood Figure of Siddhartha Fasting
A Wood Figure of Siddhartha Fasting


A Wood Figure of Siddhartha Fasting (20th century), signed Hakurei saku (Yoshida Hakurei; 1871-1942) An expertly carved wood single-block sculpture of the emaciated Prince Siddhartha fasting, on a pedestal with halo, signature on reverse 16in. (40.6cm.) high With original wood box titled Shutsuzan no Shaka (Shaka Returning from the Mountains), signed and dated Showa junen fuyu Hakurei saku (made by Hakurei, winter 1935) and sealed

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The artist has faithfully copied a famous grey schist Gandharan statue Siddhartha Fasting in the Lahore Museum, Pakistan (fig. 1). Prince Siddhartha, seeking enlightenment, practiced severe physical austerities and came to look like a living skeleton. On the base of the sculpture here, in relief, six monks worship at a fire altar, three on each side. The Japanese artist misidentified the iconography as Shakyamuni Returning from the Mountains.

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