Ancient Carved Torso of Buddha, China, Qi Dynasty, circa 550 A.D.

Ancient Carved Torso of Buddha, China, Qi Dynasty, circa 550 A.D.

c. 550 China

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China, Northern Qi dynasty, circa 550-577 AD. Grey limestone with traces of pigment, on a black metal stand. Height: 61 cm/24 inches, excl. base.

This fine torso of a standing Buddha is carved in diaphanous robes falling in elegant pleats, with drapes falling fluently along the contours of the body. The missing right hand was higher and raised, probably in abhayamudra (fearlessness), the left hand lower, probably in varadamudra (generosity). The sensitive manner of carving, simple style of clothing and crisp treatment of the pleats relate this figure to the Northern Qi period.
Provenance: Purchased in Hong Kong in the early 1980s; Private collection, France
Dimensions
Height 61.00 cm (24.02 inches)
Stock Code
566
Medium
Grey limestone
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