Two limestone relief carvings of luohan heads Six dynasties

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Lot 2103
Two limestone relief carvings of luohan heads
Six dynasties

Sold for US$ 22,500 inc. premium
Two limestone relief carvings of luohan heads
Six dynasties
Each head carved in a three-quarter view, one with the features of a young man, facing left, the other with the bushy eyebrows and furrowed brow of an elder, facing right, both with elongated earlobes and well-defined facial features, mounted on wood stands; together with a copy of Kobijutsu Kenkyu Shiryo , the 1930's publication in which these are illustrated.
3 3/4in (8.3cm) high, each

Footnotes

  • 六朝 石灰石雕尊者首像兩件


    Provenance
    Mayuyama and Co., Tokyo, prior to December 1950

    Published
    Kobijutsu Kenkyu Shiryo 古美術研究資料, Ōsaka: Yamanaka Shunshoso, 1930, plate 36, figures 60 and 63


    The heads likely represent those of Buddha's two primary disciples, Ananda and Kasyapa. Images of these two disciples are usually portrayed flanking a central image of the Buddha with Ananda on Buddha's right and Kasyapa on the left. This corresponds with the orientation of the two heads in the present lot, with the head with younger features representing Ananda facing left, and the head with older features looking right. The two heads would therefore have been angled towards a central Buddha image.

    This standard arrangement is found in caves in China dating from the Northern Wei dynasty (386-535), as seen in the Central Binyang Cave at Longmen, illustrated in Angela Falco Howard, Li Song, Wu Hung and Yang Hong, Chinese Sculpture, New Haven, 2006, p. 238, fig. 3.39. This iconographic arrangement continues through the Sui, Tang, Liao and Song periods, all the way to the Ming dynasty.
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Two limestone relief carvings of luohan heads Six dynasties
Two limestone relief carvings of luohan heads Six dynasties
Two limestone relief carvings of luohan heads Six dynasties
Two limestone relief carvings of luohan heads Six dynasties
Two limestone relief carvings of luohan heads Six dynasties
Two limestone relief carvings of luohan heads Six dynasties
Two limestone relief carvings of luohan heads Six dynasties
Two limestone relief carvings of luohan heads Six dynasties
Two limestone relief carvings of luohan heads Six dynasties
Two limestone relief carvings of luohan heads Six dynasties
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