Archive | November, 2013

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A Crowned Bodhisattva Head and its type.

I recently acquired the exceptional Chinese Northern Qi head of a Crowned Bodhisattva, seen in the images below.  It is large, just over life sized, intact as far as the head itself goes, with only a bit of the top of the crown missing and the side ribbons. In addition to being relatively intact the surfaces are very well preserved with extensive remains of the gold leaf preserved along with polychromy.  The lips preserve their original carmine red, and bits of color remain on the crown.  It is a magnificent head, really majestic.  However the reason the head is compelling to me is that it is of a type known from other versions, which is a rarity in Chinese Buddhist sculptures of this time.  While all are similar, no two are the same in their details, except for this particular type. Head of a Bodhisattva, Limestone, Height: 15 inches Head of a Bodhisattva wearing a crown. China, Northern Qi Dynasty, 550 – 577 A.D. Side view of Head of a Bodhisattva, Limestone, Height: 15 inches. […]

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