A rare and important marble figure of a Buddhist disciple
Tang Dynasty, dated by inscription to AD718
The serene sculpture probably representing Ananda, known as Guardian of the Dharma, subtly carved from a finely-grained warm honey-toned marble, standing facing forwards with his gaze downcast in a serene expression, the rounded face set with narrowed eyes below the high arched eyebrows, with the elegantly-carved nose above the tightly-closed mouth and well-defined chin, the bald and smooth head with full cheeks and elongated ears, the right hand in varada mudra extended down parallel to the body with the open hand clasping a beaded rosary, the left hand in abhaya mudra with the arm elevated and facing outwards, the disciple clad in flowing robes over his shoulders and cascading in arched waves below the chest revealing the inner garment held in a knot tied below the chest, the bare feet protruding below the robes, the disciple raised on a circular dais encircled by lotus petal panels set above a square pedestal, the back of the figure realistically carved with the robes falling in folds over the body and over the pedestal inscribed with a dedicatory inscription with a date corresponding to AD 718.
81cm (32in) high (2).
£200,000 - 300,000
HK$ 2.3 million - 3.5 million
CNY 1.9 million - 2.8 million
Chinese Works of Art
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