BIGGER THAN LIFE-SIZE HEAD OF A GUARDIAN OF GOD

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Auction date:28.04.2017   14:00
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Lot 6BIGGER THAN LIFE-SIZE HEAD OF A GUARDIAN OF GOD
BIGGER THAN LIFE-SIZE HEAD OF A GUARDIAN OF GOD
Grey Stone
China
Tang Dynasty (618 - 907)
HEIGHT (WITHOUT A SOCK) 56 CM
In his expression of quite extraordinary force, full of educated head of the Tianwang. These are temple guardians, and were originally kings of the Demons were converted to Buddhism and made them protectors of the Holy places. Its Occurrence is powerful and extremely athletic, as alone of this head impressive illustration. The precise representation of the perfect to the greatest possible sharpness, the alertness, concentrated facial Expressions is realized of high artistic quality and with a rare poignancy. This Tianwang, lit. "Sky kings", are a group of four, known as the Sida Tianwang 四大 天王 - the "Four great heavenly kings", but also as the "diamond of the Jingang 金剛, lit kings",. "precious and hard". This means that you can wound, but a wound. This Tianwang have the body and one Faith "strong as steel", what comes forth also in this head is very convincing. Because no attributes are given, which is a roll-call assignment is not possible. Although they are revered less directly - compared with Buddha, Bodhisattvas, etc. - are , however, Making elemental and in the mythology of the guardians of the four corners of mount Meru, where their palaces. The huge Meru forms the centre of the cosmos. The head has a high head of hair, equal to a gush of water, and a front part, a striking version is wearing, which is equal to a sharp blade. The Interplay of the expressive contour of the such as screaming up shut mouth, high dynamic curved Eyebrows (with small volutes in the area of the root of the nose), the fold suspiciously drawn-down Brow and called "blade" is succeeded to the head great. Due to the high age-specific characteristics are given, of course, nevertheless the very good closed conservation impressed on this head. The heavy head is mounted on a solid metal Base. Similar examples are to be found in "the Complete Works of Statues in Longmen Grottoes", Beijing, 2002, Fig. 28 to 30, in "Ancient Chinese Buddhist Sculptures", Taipei, 1989, no. 9, or in "Chinese Buddhist Stone Sculptures - Veneration of the Sublime", Osaka, 1995, no 59.

Expertise: Wolfmar Zacken

The sculpture comes from a French collection of a noble house (see below), since at least 1967 in the possession of and is evidenced in the records of the collection by means of hand-drawn study - see the figure. The collection of this French aristocratic family goes back to Évariste Regis Huc (1813 – 1860), a French missionary and Explorer, widely known for his Crossings of Mongolia, Tibet and China. He is also likely to be the first Europeans who reached 1846 Lhasa. Huc has laid the Foundation for this collection, which was detected in 1967 in a systematic and documented, however without further details of when the objects were acquired.
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