Lot 16

A SCHIST HEAD OF A BODHISATTVA
ANCIENT REGION OF GANDHARA, 3RD/4TH CENTURY

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Sold for HK$502,500 inc. premium
A SCHIST HEAD OF A BODHISATTVA
ANCIENT REGION OF GANDHARA, 3RD/4TH CENTURY
25 cm (9 7/8 in.) high

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犍陀羅 三/四世紀 片岩菩薩首

The sculpture portrays a noble Buddhist bodhisattva with an air of quiet authority. His heavy-lidded eyes, aquiline nose, high cheekbones, and strong chin are finished with a fine polish. His broad, crisp moustache draws our gaze to the leonine earrings on either side. His wavy locks arranged into a tall bun like a blazing fire, secured by two beaded circlets. The larger circlet rests above his forehead, featuring two rosettes flanking a large baguette jewel. Compare with examples sold at Christie's, Amsterdam, 21 November 2001, lot 32 and Bonhams, New York, 19 March 2018, lot 3062.

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  • Please note the starting bid amount for this lot is HKD90,000

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