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

EARLY TANG DYNASTY, 8TH CENTURY

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AN IMPORTANT AND VERY RARE GREY LIMESTONE FIGURE OF MAHASTHAMAPRAPTA
EARLY TANG DYNASTY, 8TH CENTURY
The figure is well carved in a tribangha pose on top of a waisted lotus pedestal, with a lotus stem, originally held in the right hand, twining up the arm to the shoulder. The figure wears a beaded necklace, a scarf draped around the torso and over the shoulders, and a diaphanous dhoti that is gathered at the waist and falls in deep U-shaped folds to just above the feet. The face is carved with a serene expression and small sensuous mouth, and the hair is dressed in a high, looped topknot decorated in front with an elixir bottle and on the sides with flowers and pendent ribbons.
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 284.
Literature
O. Sirén, Chinese Sculpture from the Fifth to the Fourteenth Century, London, 1925, vol. 3, pl. 372 B.
F. H. Taylor, House of Art, Houston, Texas, 1954, no. 74.
J. V. Sewell, Chinese Art from the Collection of James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf, Chicago, 1970, no. s22.
Eskenazi, Ancient Chinese sculpture from the Alsdorf collection and others, London, 1990, no. 15.
Exhibited
Houston, Texas, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, House of Art, 1954.
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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