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A CARVED RED SANDSTONE RELIEF FRAGMENT OF AN ATTENDANT
NORTHERN WEI DYNASTY
Estimate
50,00070,000
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12
A CARVED RED SANDSTONE RELIEF FRAGMENT OF AN ATTENDANT
NORTHERN WEI DYNASTY
Estimate
50,00070,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Junkunc: Chinese Buddhist Sculpture

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A CARVED RED SANDSTONE RELIEF FRAGMENT OF AN ATTENDANT
NORTHERN WEI DYNASTY
the softly rounded figure carved in a dynamic pose, standing stop a circular support, the hips swaying to the left and both forearms raised, the long robes secured at the waist and falling in folds over the legs, with a sash tied across the chest, the angled head with a benign smile and the hair swept into a high topknot 
Height 22 1/4  in., 56.5 cm 
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Provenance

Frank Caro, successor to C.T. Loo, New York, circa 1959. 
Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978). 

Catalogue Note

The carving style of this standing attendant draws on the tradition of the Yungang caves near Datong, in Shanxi province, which were largely constructed between 398 and 494, when Pincheng, modern day Datong, was the capital of the Northern Wei dynasty. Carving in the Yungang tradition is characterized by elegant, willowy bodies, and facial features that convey a sense of spiritual modesty, representing the ideal of Chinese beauty at the time. See Yungang Shiku / The Yunkang Caves, Beijing, 1977, pl. 38 for a relief panel showing apsaras and bodhisattva.

Figures of standing attendants in the Yungang tradition are rare. Compare, however, a relief fragment showing a standing bodhisattva in a niche from the Yamaguchi Collection, in the Osaka Municipal Museum of Art, included in the exhibition Chinese Buddhist Stone Sculpture. Veneration of the Sublime, Osaka Municipal Museum of Art, Osaka, 1995, cat. no. 10,   

Junkunc: Chinese Buddhist Sculpture

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New York