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Sui Marble Head of a Bodhisattva - HK.2855
Origin: China
Circa: 581 AD to 618 AD
Dimensions: 7.1" (18.0cm) high
Collection: Chinese
Medium: Marble

Additional Information: Hong Kong

Location: UAE
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This is a stone sculpture of the head of a Bodhisattva. Peacefully gazing downwards, the figure has a serene facial expression, radiating an approachable and amiable aura. Although the torso of the sculpture is missing we can postulate that it is originally in standing form, derived from its facial expression and downcast eyes.

The extensively decorated crown depicts three Buddhas and five halos, possibly indicating the temporal and spatial tri- Buddhas, positioning the present Buddha Shakyamuni (Vairocana) at the centre. Hints of red suggests previous gilding of ferrous mineral paint, while traces of gold shows that the flesh parts were painted with gold. It is a showcase of splendid craftsmanship, which achieves a sense of three-dimensional perspective through intelligent carving, emphasizing the differences between background and foreground.

The figure's facial features are still largely influenced by Northern Dynasties style, as reflected by its concentrated distribution. However, the practice of applying gold paint is prominent for Sui figures. - (HK.2855)


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