A magnificent and extremely rare large wood sculpture of Avalokiteshvara, Song dynasty | 宋 木雕加彩觀世音菩薩坐像
A magnificent and extremely rare large wood sculpture of Avalokiteshvara,
sensitively and naturalistically modelled seated in rajalilasana with the right hand resting on the folded right knee, the Bodhisattva rendered dignified and majestic with a serene meditation expression below a high topknot, the classic poise accentuated with a sash draping across the bare torso, above a loose dhoti elegantly cascading in folds around the legs and over the plinth whilst partially exposing both feet, the bare upper torso superbly portrayed with muscular contours and ornamented with a beaded necklace, traces of original stucco decoration and bright pigments, stucco plinth
figure 137.2 cm, overall 178 cm
The outcome of Carbon-14 testing is consistent with the dating of this lot.
The figure is in exceptionally good condition with extensive traces of its original pigments preserved. There are typical age cracks with associated minor losses, including a stabilised age crack extending from the ribbon below the belly to the hem with a restuck associated chip, and another area of repair to the hem below the ribbon. There are minor repairs to the fragile extremities, including the left thumb, right index and ring fingers, and typical minor chips to the edges. Copies of the carbon dating reports which are consistent with the Song dynasty dating are available upon request.
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Collection of John Richard Young (1932-2015), a prominent American businessman, collector and philanthropist.
美國富商慈善家 John Richard Young（1932-2015年）舊藏，楊氏曾任職於美國空軍十載，後為 Magnavox、Sony 等公司之管理階層