Sui Dynasty-Tang Dynasty Grey Stone Head of a Bodhisattva
A Chinese grey stone finely sculpted head of a Bodhisattva, dating to the Chinese Sui-Tang Dynasty. The head features a neatly styled high double bun hairdo, and beautiful, delicately modelled facial features. Her long, almond shaped eyes have an enigmatic expression and her fine nose and softly smiling lips further enhance her captivating appearance. The raised stone section on the back suggests the item was probably attached to a surface originally.
Circa 581-907 ADPeriod:
Sui Dynasty-Tang DynastyProvenance:
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.Condition:
Very fine, fragmentary. The stone is in very good condition. The item is professionally mounted on a custom-made stand.
This stone head is possibly of Guanyin, the Buddhist bodhisattva associated with compassion. In Buddhism, a bodhisattva is any person who is on the path towards Buddhahood, which is the rank or condition of an “awaken one”, a Buddha. She was first given the appellation of “Goddess of Mercy” or the Mercy Goddess by Jesuit missionaries in China, and is became associated by some with the Christian Mother Mary figure. The Chinese name Guanyin is short for Guanshiyin, which means “The One Who Perceives the Sounds of the World.” She is still regarded today as one of the most beloved Buddhist divinities.
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