A white marble figure of seated Buddha, Northern Qi-Sui dynasty, 6th century or later

Lot 917. A white marble figure of seated Buddha, Northern Qi-Sui dynasty, 6th century or later; 13 ¾ in. (35 cm.) high. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000Price realised USD 118,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 

The figure is shown seated in padmasana with the legs and feet covered by the draped robe except for one toe. The right hand is raised in abhaya mudra while the left hand rests in the lap. The face has a serene expression delineated by finely arched brows below the hair dressed in tight snail curls that also cover the ushnisha. The stone is now a warm pale grey color with creamy-beige encrustations on the back and in the hollow of the right arm, wood stand.

Provenance: Private collection, Japan, acquired prior to 1970

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 14 - 15 September 2017, New York