Sui Dynasty, late 6th Century
carved fully in the round, with serene expression and gracefully curved downcast eyes, shown wearing an elaborate scrolling foliate diadem which is tied across the back of the head with large ribbons knotted at either side and hanging down behind the ears with characteristic long, pendulous lobes, the coarse pinkish buff sandstone showing extensive remains of gesso and bright blue, green and red pigment.
Height 16 1⁄4 inches (41.3 cm)
C. T. Loo, until the mid 1950’s, described as from Shanxi province
Frank Caro, acquired from C.T. Loo
J. T. Tai & Co., acquired from Frank Caro in 1962
J. J. Lally & Co., 1989
Private American Collection, 1989-2016
A very similarly carved stone head of a bodhisattva with ribbon-tied diadem from the collection of Arthur M. Sackler is illustrated by Munsterberg in Sculpture of the Orient, New York, 1972, p. 87.
Compare also the standing figure of a crowned bodhisattva similarly carved from reddish sandstone, from the Collection of Eduard von der Heydt, now in the Rietberg Museum, illustrated in the catalogue of the special exhibition at the Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Köln, Das Herz der Erleuchtung: Buddhistische Kunst in China 550-600 (The Heart of Enlightenment: Buddhist Art in China 550-600), Köln, 2009, pp. 98-101, described as late 6th century, from Shanxi province. The same figure of a bodhisattva from the Rietberg Museum was previously illustrated by Sirén, Chinese Sculptures in the von der Heydt Collection, Zurich, 1959, pp. 92-93, no. 26, where the author describes it as a “… typical example of the Buddhist sculpture which flourished in Southern Shanxi, in the neighborhood of Ping-yang and Lu-an, during the Northern Chi and the beginning of the Sui era.”
隋 砂岩菩薩頭像 高 41.3 厘米
盧芹齋，據稱購自山西，藏至 1950 年代
Frank Caro 購自盧芹齋
戴潤齋購自 Frank Caro, 1962