sculptée dans une pierre grise veinée portant des traces d'engobe brunâtre caractéristique des grottes de Longmen, le visage serein, les yeux mi-clos, les arcades sourcilières marquées, les lèvres ourlées, les cheveux coiffés en trois grandes spirales couvrant l'ushnisha très prononcé
Acquis en 1942 à la vente de la collection du Dr Fournier.
Stylistically this head compares well with other heads of similar date now in public and private collections that are identified as being originally from the Longmen Caves site. These Grottoes are one of the three most famous ancient sculptural sites in China.
The present head, is comparable to the widely published head of Buddha in the Avery Brundage Collection, illustrated by d'Argencé, ed., in Chinese, Korean and Japanese Sculpture, Japan, 1974, p. 214, no. 106. See, also, Longmen Caves Research Institute, ed., Longmen liusan diaoxiang ji (The Lost Statues of the Longmen Caves), Shanghai, 1993, p. 49, no. 56, for the same head.
Other comparable heads of similar size are illustrated by Hai-Wai Yi-Chen in Chinese art in Overseas collections Buddhist sculpture (II),publisher: National Palace Museum, see p. 55, no. 63, in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Compare, also, the head, smaller, of a bodhisattva illustrated by Osvald Sirén in Chinese sculptures, see p.141,no. 52, in the von der Heydt Collection, Museum Rietberg, Zürich.
See another very similar head sold by Christie's, 30 March, 2005, lot 222; provenance: Shogado and Company, Kyoto.
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