423
423

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF SAKAMOTO GORO

A LIMESTONE SEATED BUDDHA
CHINA, NORTHERN WEI DYNASTY
Estimate
70,00090,000
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423

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF SAKAMOTO GORO

A LIMESTONE SEATED BUDDHA
CHINA, NORTHERN WEI DYNASTY
Estimate
70,00090,000
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Details & Cataloguing

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A LIMESTONE SEATED BUDDHA
CHINA, NORTHERN WEI DYNASTY
carved seated in dhyanasana on a rectangular base, the hands in dhyanamudra, wearing a pleated robe draped over the left shoulder and partly cast over the right, falling in undulating folds off his left forearm and knees leaving the torso bare, the face detailed with downcast eyes and tight bud lips, framed by long pendulous earlobes and surmounted by an ushnisha, all against a pointed mandorla edged with flames and framed by five dhyani Buddhas seated in niches carved in low relief, and six further small Buddhas on the side above two kneeling donors in profile, the rectangular base bordered with pendent petal lappets supported on two crouching lions flanking a central cintamani jewel wreathed in curling foliage, the patinated stone of dark gray color with pale red undertones
Height 12 1/4  in., 31 cm.
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Provenance

Acquired between the 1950s and 60s.

Catalogue Note

This Buddha figure is special for its simple yet deep carving style suggesting an early Northern Wei period date. The rounded face and plain hair are characteristic of early carvings when Buddha was typically depicted young-looking with a plump face. Buddha is also depicted with a serene gentle smile which represents an evolution toward a more typically Chinese Buddha image from its Gandharan predecessors.

Two closely comparable Buddha figures are illustrated in Rokuchō no bijutsu, Tokyo, 1976, col. pl. 50 and pl. 231, together with another seated Buddha, lacking the mandorla but belonging to this group of carving and dated to 466, pl. 49. See another related Buddha flanked by two bodhisattvas, dated to 472, in the Daiwa Bunkakan, included ibid., pl. 230; and a Buddha in the center of a triad stele dated in accordance with AD 455, in the Fujii Yurinkan, Kyoto, published ibid., pl. 228. A further comparable example, in the Yamato Bunkakan, Tokyo, is published in Matsubara Saburo, Chugoku bukkyo chokoku shiron / Chinese Buddhist Sculpture, Tokyo, 1995, plate vol. 1, pl. 44, together with a Buddha seated on a pedestal carved with lions, as seen here, pl. 45b.

Images of Enlightenment: Devotional Works of Art & Paintings

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