23 août 2019

Shang dynasty Jade from the Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III at Sotheby's New York, 10 september 2019

Lot 220. An exceptional and rare archaic green jade ceremonial blade (ge), Shang dynasty (circa 1600-1046 BCE). Length 12 1/8  in., 30.8 cm. Estimate 120,000 — 150,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. thinly carved with the elongated yuan extending to a gently tapered tip, with a beveled edge on one side, the end finely incised with a band of lozenge patterns between triple lines, the nei pierced with an aperture and carved at the end with... [Lire la suite]

30 juillet 2018

An Important Stone Head of Buddha, Indonesia, Central Java, 9th Century

Lot 23. An Important Stone Head of Buddha, Indonesia, Central Java, 9th Century; 15 ¾ in. (39.9 cm.) high. Estimate USD 200,000 - USD 300,000. Price realised USD 509,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2015. Finely carved with bow-shaped mouth and downcast eyes centered by a raised urna, flanked by pendulous pierced earlobes, the hair in snail-shell curls over the conicalushnisha. Provenance: With Aaron Vecht, Amsterdam, 1932.Private Collection, New York, 1939-1960s.Collection of Robert H.... [Lire la suite]
25 avril 2018

A stone head of Guanyin, China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

Lot 986. A stone head of Guanyin, China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644); 10 in. (25.4 cm.) high. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price realised USD 56,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018.  With bow-shaped mouth, full cheeks, and heavy-lidded eyes, the tight rows of hair surmounted by a tall diadem centered with an image of Amitabha. Provenance: Mrs. Brooke Astor, New York.Bequest from the estate of the above, 2007. Literature: W. Adelson et al., The David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection:... [Lire la suite]
26 octobre 2017

A magnificent and monumental stone head of Buddha, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 88. A magnificent and monumental stone head of Buddha, Tang dynasty (618-907). Estimate 350,000 — 450,000 USD. Lot sold 352,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the plump face finely carved with almost perfectly symmetrical features imparting the buff sandstone with a serene vitality, the eyebrows rising across the broad brow in smooth curves issuing from the low bridge of the nose above globular nostrils, the deeply-set large eyes half-closed under heavy lids sweeping in bowstring curves, the full... [Lire la suite]
24 août 2017

Teotihuacan Stone Mask with Shell and Pyrite Inlay, 250-750 C.E.

Teotihuacan Stone Mask with Shell and Pyrite Inlay. Stone, pyrite, and shell, 250-750 C.E., H. 16 cm. © Miho Museum.
19 mai 2017

A very rare stone head of a King of Hell, with wood stand, China, Song-Ming dynasty

Lot 519. A very rare stone head of a King of Hell, with wood stand, China, Song-Ming dynasty; H. 37 cm. Estimate 30 000-50 000 €. Photo Nagel The well-carved head displaying a ferocious facial expression with bulging eyes below raised bushy eyebrows, broad nose, protruding lips, hair combed in a chignon covered with the specific bonnet secured with a band and sculpted to the front with sceptre emblem flanked to each side with sun and moon emblems above cloud formations. The open-work wooden base was probably crafted in... [Lire la suite]
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31 mars 2016

A stone head of a bodhisattva, Tang dynasty

Lot 2885, A stone head of a bodhisattva, Tang dynasty. Estimate 900,000 — 1,200,000 HKD (104,216 - 138,954 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. the slender face handsomely carved with large downcast eyes and defined brows flanking a refined nose above full lips, the thick hair pulled back and piled into a loose chignon behind a simple pointed crown, richly patinated to ochre and reddish-brown tones, mounted on a metal and wood stand - 23 cm, 9 in. Provenance: An old... [Lire la suite]
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20 juin 2015

Large Stone Head of the Bodhisattva Guanyin, China, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Large Stone Head of the Bodhisattva Guanyin, China, Tang dynasty (618-907). Estimate 10 000 € / 13 000 €. Photo Auctionata AG Depiction of Guanyin with a meditative expression - The half-closed eyes and the slightly smiling, full mouth are finely carved - The fine hair is hidden under an ornate headdress, which is decorated with three floral medallions - Mounted on a black base (later) - - Height: c. 43 cm -Good condition consistent with age   Provenance: Property of a... [Lire la suite]
09 août 2014

Champa Kingdom collection in Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Reclining figure of Vishnu, Champa Kingdom, Viet Nam, 9th century-10th century, stone, 15.5 x 30.0 x 6.5 cm. Gift of James de Siun 1990, 243.1990.  Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (C) Art Gallery of NewSouth Wales, Sydney The kingdom of Champa occupied part of what is now central and south Vietnam from the sixth century. Successive waves of invaders - Chinese, Javanese and Vietnamese - destroyed much of the land over which the Champa kingdom held suzerainty until the... [Lire la suite]
13 août 2012

Pipe for Smoking Hemp, with Eight Pebbles, late 4th–early 3rd century BCE

Pipe for Smoking Hemp, with Eight Pebbles. Bronze, Stone, W.12 cm; H. 9 cm. Berel, Kurgan 9, late 4th–early 3rd century BCE. A. Kh. Margulan Institute of Archaeology, Almaty Photography © A. Kh. Margulan Institute of Archaeology, Almaty The ancient Greek historian Herodotus (4.73-75) wrote that some nomads used hemp as part of a communal ritual during a funeral. Hemp seeds would be tossed on top of hot stones, and the resulting fumes inhaled. This pipe, found with hemp and pebbles inside it, comes from a tomb at Berel and... [Lire la suite]
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