A superb limestone head of a Bodhisattva, probably Avalokiteshvara Liao dynasty–Song dynasty | 遼至宋 石灰石雕菩薩頭像
A superb limestone head of a Bodhisattva, probably Avalokiteshvara
Liao dynasty–Song dynasty
detailed with downcast eyes set in a meditative expression, surmounted by a tall headdress centred with a single Tibetan character ‘Buddha’, set on a marble base, with an inventory number 28141 inscribed on the reverse
27.2 cm, 10¾ in.
Superbe tête de bodhisattva en pierre, probablement Avalokiteshvara, dynastie Liao-dynastie Song
27.2 公分， 10¾英寸
Overall losses to the crown, nose, ears and eyebrows (visible in the catalogue illustration). The left side of the face with a ca. 11 x 9 cm large area of restoration.
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An old aristocratic Spanish family collection (painted inventory number 28141 to the reverse).
The tall crown is typical of Liao figures. Compare related sculptures from the Huayansi temple in Datong, Shanxi province. The single Tibetan character Buddha in the centre of the head’s crown maybe used here as a substitute for the miniature image of Amitābha, the buddha who usually appears in the headdress of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. Compare a slightly later Boaddhisattva with a similarly inscribed headdress, in the Mineapolis Institute of Art, published on https://collections.artsmia.org/art/13718/head-of-a-bodhisattva-china.
高冠造型，乃遼代典型，山西省大同華嚴寺作例可與本品比較。冠上綴一西藏佛像，或為替代觀音華冠上飾之阿彌陀佛。比較一較後期之觀音像作例，冠飾與本像相近，現藏於Mineapolis Institute of Art。載於https://collections.artsmia.org/art/13718/head-of-a-bodhisattva-china.