Lot 424
  • 424

AN IMPRESSIVE SANDSTONE STANDING FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA CHINA, NORTHERN QI DYNASTY, DATED WUPING 7TH YEAR CORRESPONDING TO AD 576  

Estimate
800,000 - 1,200,000 USD
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Description

the slender figure with a slight sway-back posture, the flattened contours of the deity’s loose robes shaped around the body in symmetrical low-relief folds starting at the shoulders and progressing to the feet, the robes falling open at the chest to reveal the diagonal under-tunic, the shoulders draped with loose scarves, the chest richly adorned with a flat necklace suspending large beads and a further garland of beads extending from the shoulders crossing through a medallion at the waist and continuing to the knees with further pendent ribbons hanging from the waist, the rounded face with slender almond-shaped eyes below an evenly arched brow tapering at the ends issuing from a straight nose above full lips and a double chin, framed by long pendulous earlobes and a tall foliate tiara with short beaded ribbons streaming from rounded medallions alternating with teardrop emblems, the truncated hands possibly held in abhaya- and varadamudra, the bare feet standing upon a separate domed-shaped lotus plinth with a cartouche inscribed in kaishu (regular script) with a dedication by Guo Yanshou, dated to the ninth day of the first month in the seventh year of the Wuping period (corresponding to AD 576, Northern Qi dynasty), above a small turtle and flanked by a pair of truncated lions, the grainy grayish stone with a slight pink hue
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