A stone figure of a standing Buddhist deity Ming dynasty

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Lot 852
A stone figure of a standing Buddhist deity
Ming dynasty

US$ 15,000 - 25,000
£ 12,000 - 20,000
A stone figure of a standing Buddhist deity
Ming dynasty
The fragment of buff colored stone carved in the round to depict a dharmapala [Ch: Hufa or Jin'gang Lishi] or similar protector deity, the intensely compact facial features centering a bald and crowned head atop a massive neck and muscled bare chest, his extant arm gripping a strap tethered to the remains of a mandorla and the billowing elaborate folds of his hip-height garb.
10in (25.4) height of figure exclusive of modern stand

Footnotes

  • 明 石雕力士立像

    Provenance:
    Acquired in 1962, by repute

    來源:
    1962年入藏,傳

    Perhaps based on the voluptuous Tang dynasty examples found in Tianlongshan, the current lot also seems to share a kinship with the muscled Nio [Ch: ren wang] ubiquitous in temples throughout Japan, of course themselves inspired by Tang prototypes. For a protector deity in wood, carbon dated to the Ming era, depicted in similarly sweeping contrapposto with an equally idiosyncratic face and elaborately-rendered garb, see the 'Statuette de Dvarapala en Bois Dynastie Ming' sold at Sotheby's Paris, 11 December 2014, lot 106.
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