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Northern Dynasties Stone Head of a Buddha - HK.2029
Origin: China
Circa: 386 AD to 577 AD
Dimensions: 15" (38.1cm) high x 9" (22.9cm) wide
Collection: Chinese
Medium: Stone

Additional Information: Hong Kong

Location: UAE
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This is a stone sculpture of the head of a Buddha. Peacefully gazing downwards, the figure has a serene facial expression, radiating an approachable and amiable aura. Traces of gold gilding are visible.

Standing Buddha is a prominent form of sculpture under the patronage of the Northern Wei imperial family, who commissioned the carving of rock caves in Longmen and Gongxian, both in Henan province, in the first quarter of the 6th century, which typically show seated or standing Buddhas flanked by two bodhisattvas. Besides these massive stone carvings in cave temples, many free- standing steles, also often with two bodhisattva figures on either side of a central Buddha statue, were commissioned in that century, which followed the artistic language introduced by these grand Buddhist cave sculpture projects, which exerted an overwhelming influence on Chinese sculpture of the period in general.

The figure's facial features are relatively concentrated at the centre, with relatively short eyebrows. His lips are like a waveform. These details all suggest a Northern Dynasties style. - (HK.2029)


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