An extremely rare large limestone head of a bodhisattva Sui dynasty | 隋 石灰岩加彩菩薩頭像
Property from an Important Private Asian Collection
An extremely rare large limestone head of a bodhisattva
the softly rounded face gracefully carved and framed by arched brows extending to a refined aquiline nose, eyes gently cast down above full cheeks and a delicately formed mouth, the gaze half closed in an expression of quiet contemplation, the elegantly coiffed hair in layers of looped sections with thick strands trailing around the well-formed ears over pierced elongated lobes and gathered high into a double chignon at the crown, the hairstyle decorated with a Dharma wheel painted with traces of gilt above a bed of crimson-painted curlicues, accompanied by further carved florets to either side, the stone smooth with areas of darker patination, wood stand
As visible in the catalogue photo, there are expected minor losses to the extremities, including the Dharma wheel, flowers and back of her hair but the facial features are in good condition. There are also extensive areas of original red, gold and blue pigmentation, even the actual depiction of a skin which is very rarely found in tact on early Chinese stone sculpture.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Yamanaka & Co., New York, 1943.
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 5th April 2016, lot 2871.
Collection of Chinese and Other Far Eastern Art Assembled by Yamanaka & Company, Inc. Now in Process of Liquidation Under the Supervision of the Alien Property Custodian of the United States of America, Yamanaka & Co., New York, 1943, cat. no. 372.
《Collection of Chinese and Other Far Eastern Art Assembled by Yamanaka & Company, Inc. Now in Process of Liquidation Under the Supervision of the Alien Property Custodian of the United States of America》，山中商會，紐約，1943年，編號372