Lot 2032. Bust of a Bodhisattva

Sold:€ 5 500
Auction date:07.12.2017   11:00
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ID 19070
Lot 2032Bust of a Bodhisattva
China. Eastern Wei Dynasty. 6. Century

Dense, light grey limestone. The Bodhisattva to is inspired with fine, calm facial expression, taking part to the viewer. The figure is dressed in an elegant pleated Robe over a thinner under-garment, and wears a heavy, rich chain of pearls jewelry. The elaborate coiffure is surmounted by a leaf crown.

The sublime and masterfully-cut bust of the Bodhisattva is similar to stilisitisch the Buddhist stone sculptures were discovered in 1996 in Qingzhou, Shandong province on the territory of the ancient Longxing temple. The amazing thing about this group is their proximity to figures of the Gupta-period (CA. 300-500), and the apparent beginning of a completely new style. In this Bodhisattva, this new style is visible, the developed in the short period of the Eastern Wei dynasty (534-550 ad).

The Liangshu (history of the Liang), compiled in the decades immediately following the fall of the Northern Qi dynasty in 577, includes a description of Middle Tianzhu (Gupta India) and a record of a trade mission from the Indian state in the early sixth century" (James C. Y. Watt, Art and History in China from the Third to the Eighth Century, in: James C. Y. Watt, China, Dawn of a Golden Age, 200-750 AD, New York 2004, p. 34). Height 39cm, width 15.5 cm, depth 8.5 cm. Condition A/B.
Provenance:
-private German collection since the 1970s.
-Art Loss Register Certificate, ref. S00092562.

comparisons:
-is In the collection of the Musee Guimet in Paris, a similar, complete figure

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