Chinese Sui Dynasty Grey Fragmentary Torso of a Buddhist Deity
A beautifully carved Ancient Chinese fragmentary schist torso of a Buddhist deity, dating from the Sui Dynasty period. The torso, featuring an enigmatic allure, is finely carved from the stone, showing a slender body and the upper part of the arms rested along the sides. Robes softly fall down the body. The hands, now missing, would have likely performed a type of mudra, a ritualistic pose or gesture which holds a symbolic meaning in Buddhism. Most mudras are performed with hands and fingers, but some also involve the whole body.
Circa 581-618 ADPeriod:
Sui Dynasty Provenance:
The C. Roger Moss OBE collection. The late C. Roger Moss OBE was a renowned art collector who, throughout the years, thanks to his determination and enthusiasm, was able to create an outstanding collection of artworks, most prominently from China and the Orient, but also from other cultures. His great love for ancient cultures and study for interesting and unusual artefacts informs his collection. Condition:
Fine, head and final part of arms missing. The item is professionally mounted on a custom-made stand.
Buddhism worships a wide array of divine beings, venerated in many differing rituals and popular contexts. They range from enlightened Buddhas to regional spirits and beings adopted by Buddhists. However, it must be noted that Buddhism lacks a supreme creator deity. The religion was founded by the Buddha, also named Siddhārtha Gautama or Buddha Shakyamuni, who was a spiritual teacher and religious leader who lived in India around the 5th- 4th Century BC. He is regarded as the Enlightened One who has transcended Karma and escaped the cycle of birth and rebirth. His teachings are based on his insight into the duḥkha, usually translated as “suffering”, and the end of dukkha, the state called Nibbāna or Nirvana, which is the ultimate goal of the Buddhist path, the state of non-suffering, as it also marks the end of the Samsara, the beginning state of rebirth and death into a mundane existence.
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