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A RARE LIMESTONE HEAD OF BUDDHA SUI DYNASTY
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 75,000 USD
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195
A RARE LIMESTONE HEAD OF BUDDHA SUI DYNASTY
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 75,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A RARE LIMESTONE HEAD OF BUDDHA SUI DYNASTY
the softly rounded face gracefully carved and framed by arched brows extending to a refined nose, eyes gently cast down half closed in an expression of quiet contemplation, above full cheeks and a delicately formed mouth, framed by a pair of pendulous earlobes and hair neatly swept up into a gently domed ushnisha, the gray stone of a smooth dark brown patina, mounted on a wood stand
Height 9 1/2  in., 24 cm
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Provenance

Acquired in Paris in 1976.
Galerie Gérard Levy, Paris. 

Exhibited

La Biennale des Antiquaires, Grand Palais, Paris, 1986.

Catalogue Note

The serene meditative expression of this sculpture, rendered through the sensitive carving style and harmonious curves, epitomize the high quality achieved by stone carvers in the Sui dynasty. The slender but fleshy face, narrow slit eyes, sharply carved, arched brows which form a harmonious curve with the ridge of the nose encapsulate the classic style of the Buddha image in the Sui dynasty.

See a related Sui dynasty stone head of similar size but carved in a less refined quality, sold in these rooms, 6th November 1981, lot 57; and a larger white marble head with the features carved in a related style, formally in the David-Weill Collection, sold twice in our London rooms, first 29th February 1972, lot 14, and then 27th November 1973, lot 49.

Important Chinese Art

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