Lot 1239. A large wood torso of Buddha, Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century; 48 in. (122 cm.) high. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 10,000. Price realised USD 10,625. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010.

The large torso shown wearing a priest's robe secured at the left shoulder over an underrobe tied with a knotted sash, the chest exposed above the graceful curve of a scarf, the face carved with gentle expression below hair pulled back from the forehead to frame a small round usnisa, traces of pigment.

Provenance: In the United States since 1923 or earlier

Property of the Harvard Art Museum, sold to benefit the Asian acquisitions fund.

Christie'sFine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, 26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza