Chinese Religious Sculpture

 

 

A white marble head of a Bodhisattva wearing a lotus-petal-form topknot; mounted on a hardwood base; Eastern Wei dynasty (534-550), China.

 

A torso of Buddha seated in lotus position on a high waisted lotus throne with eight small columns (four are missing) surrounding a larger one, all set on an octagonal plinth; his missing right hand raised in in an abhaya mudra and his left in bhumisparsa (earth touch) mudra, a rare occurrence in Chinese Buddha iconography; Marble; Sui dynasty (589-618); China. 13 inches (33 cm) high.  

 

Limestone torso of the Buddha; Northern Qi dynasty (550-577); 32.5 inches (82.5 cm) high.

 

 

A white marble head of the Bodhisattva Avalogitesvara with a slight smile; Shanxi province; Tianlong Shan type; Tang dynasty (618-907); China. 13 inches (33 cm) high.

 

Laozhi, the founder of Taoism, seated on a woven mat and holding a fan; Limestone; 10th century; China. 11.5 inches (29.2 cm) long.

 

 

Fresco depicting Suiyue Guanyin seated on a lotus afloat amongst cloud above watery landscape; losses and restored; ink and polychromy over stucco; Yuan dynasty (1279-1368); China. Provenance: For a similar fragment, see Christie's New York, June 2, 1994, lot 178. 15 inches (38.1 cm) high; 14.5 inches (36.8 cm) wide.

 

 

A standing polychromed stucco figure of wenshu (Manjusri) with a meditative expression; Ming dynasty (1368-1644); China. 47 inches (119.4 cm) high.

 

 

A standing crowned Bodhisattva Avalogitesvara; Wood; 13th century; China.

  

A head of the Bodhisattva Avalogitesvara with a serene facial countenance; Cast iron; Yuan/early Ming dynasty; China. 11 inches (27.9 cm) long.

 

 

Gilt bronze figure of the Ascetic Sakyamuni seated with his legs crossed in dhyanasana with his arms and hands raised and poised in the attitude of preaching; 15th/16th century Ming dynasty; China. 16 inches (40.6 cm) high.

 

 

Please check our Chinese Wood Sculpture and Bamboo Carvings page for some of Chinese Religious Sculpture items 

 

Last updated 20/05/2004  Michelle Lin