Lot 567
  • 567

A CARVED WOOD HEAD OF AVALOKITESHVARAJIN / YUAN DYNASTY |

Estimate
50,000 - 70,000 USD
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Description

  • Height 18 1/2  in., 47 cm
the oval face with full cheeks rounding at either side of the plump lips, the slightly aquiline nose set between downcast eyes, the pupils recessed for inlay, the urna at the forehead also recessed, the face framed by pendulous ears and hair upswept into a high chignon, a tall diadem crowning the head carved in high relief with a figure of Amitabha Buddha seated on a lotus blossom between scrolling designs to either side, five vertical bands extending upward behind the diadem and curling at the tips, the diadem secured by a sash wrapping around the head and set with large rosette-shaped pins just above the ears, the ends of the sash hanging down, traces of polychrome pigment throughout, stand (2)

Catalogue Note

Compare a closely related polychrome-painted carved wood figure of a bodhisattva attributed to the Jin dynasty in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, published in Denise Patry Leidy and Donna Strahan, Wisdom Embodied: Chinese Buddhist and Daoist Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Haven, 2010, A49; and a very similar wood figure of a bodhisattva, also from the Jin dynasty, in the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, exhibited and published in Masterworks in Wood: China and Japan, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, 1976, cat. no. 13. Additional wood sculptures of this subject and style include a carved wood bodhisattva probably produced in the Northern Song dynasty, now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, acc. no. 33.116; a Yuan dynasty carved wood figure of Guanyin in the collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, obj. no. B60S8+; a Jin dynasty carved wood figure of Guanyin exhibited in Ancient Chinese Sculptural Treasures: Carvings in Wood, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, 1998, cat. no. 6; a Yuan dynasty carved wood figure of Guanyin from the Sauphar Collection, Paris, published in Leigh Ashton, An Introduction to the Study of Chinese Sculpture, London, 1924, pl. LXII; and another Yuan dynasty wood figure of Guanyin in the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, obj. no. 59-70.

See also a Jin dynasty gilt and painted wood figure of Guanyin sold at Christie's New York, 16th September 1999, lot 21; and a painted wood figure of a bodhisattva, from the collection of Francisco Capelo, sold in the same rooms, 19th September 2006, lot 136.

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