A POLYCHROME POTTERY FIGURE OF A BODHISATTVA, NORTHERN QI DYNASTY
A POLYCHROME POTTERY FIGURE OF A BODHISATTVA
NORTHERN QI DYNASTY
carved standing upright with a harness-style necklace crossed over the body, the head adorned with an elaborate diadem trailing sashes and framed by a peaked integral mandorla, the proper right hand raised to touch a torque, the other lowered and holding a wish-granting pearl, with polychrome pigments highlighting various elements of the composition, mounted to a modern stand, Japanese wood box (4)
Height 6¼ in., 15.9 cm
The feet and base lost, as seen in the catalogue image. With a few minor patches of consolidation along one back edge, to the lower back edge, and to the nose. With wear as expected for age. Polychrome pigments likely later added or refreshed.
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A nearly identical ceramic figure, extending to the feet and complete with a lotus pedestal base and lacking applied pigment, dated by inscription to the 5th day of the 10th month of 563, is now preserved at the Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, acc. no. BATEA:22.