18 janvier 2020

A dated limestone free-standing figure of a bodhisattva, Northern Qi dynasty, inscribed 4th year of Tianbo (553)

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Lot 1194. A dated limestone free-standing figure of a bodhisattva, Northern Qi dynasty, inscribed 4th year of Tianbo (553); 17¼ in. (43.8 cm.) highEstimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 87,500© Christie's Images Ltd 2013

The figure shown standing on a lotus plinth and holding a sacred object in each hand wears a long shawl draped over the shoulders and scarves gathered by a lobed disc below the folded-over top of the gracefully draped dhoti that falls to the tops of the bare feet. The head is surmounted by a ribbon-tied crown and is backed by a petal-carved halo. An inscription carved around the sides of the base dates the carving of the sculpture to the 4th year of Tianbao, corresponding to 554. The stone has a dark beige patina.

Provenance: S.H. Hoo, New York.
Fong Chow (1923-2012) Collection, New York, acquired prior to 1966.

Note: The stiffness of the pose of this figure, and the arrangement and depiction of the robes and jewelry are typical of Sui dynasty stone sculptures of bodhisattvas. Another bodhisattva of this type (19 in. high), with right hand raised and left hand lowered, sold at Christie's New York, 19 September 2006, lot 138, held an elixir bottle in the left hand. A white marble figure of the bodhisattva Guanyin (15¾ in. high), dated to the Sui dynasty, also wearing a shawl, and a diaphanous dhoti folded over at the waist, which are carved in a manner similar to that of the garments of the present figure, is illustrated by A.L. Juliano et al., in the exhibition catalogue, Buddhist Sculpture from China, China Institute, New York, 2007, p. 85, no. 32. The face of this figure, which was excavated in Xi'an, is broader, and more square than the face of the present figure.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of ArtNew York21 - 22 March 2013


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