A superbly carved rare marble fragmentary head of Shakyamuni Buddha Northern Qi dynasty | 北齊 大理石釋迦牟尼佛首
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A superbly carved rare marble fragmentary head of Shakyamuni Buddha
Northern Qi dynasty
sensitively modelled, the benevolent face depicted with a pair of heavily-lidded downcast eyes, an elongated nose flanked by pendulous ears and delicately hemmed lips, all below evenly arched eyebrows, the hair arranged in dense rows of spiral curls rising to a faintly domed ushnisha, stand
The fragmentary head has some shallow chips to the extremities and accretions to the hair. The stone has some veining. There are traces of original pigments, especially on the eyes and lips as visible in the photos.
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