Ancient Limestone Figure of Buddha, Qi Dynasty
Ancient Limestone Figure of Buddha, Qi Dynasty
Ancient Limestone Figure of Buddha, Qi Dynasty
Ancient Limestone Figure of Buddha, Qi Dynasty
Ancient Limestone Figure of Buddha, Qi Dynasty

Ancient Limestone Figure of Buddha, Qi Dynasty

550 to 577 China

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Figure of Buddha
China, Northern Qi dynasty
Circa 550-577 A.D.
Grey limestone with traces of original pigment, on metal stand
Dimensions: the figure 24 inches / 61 cm. high, excluding base

This fine figure 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 date this impressive figure to the Northern Qi period.
French private collection
Related Literature:
Chin Hsiao-Yi, The Art of Contemplation, Religious Sculpture from Private Collections, exh. cat., National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1997, pl. 27;
Gaoxiong Shi Li Mei Shu Guan, Ancient Chinese Sculpture II, exh. cat., Kaoshung Museum of Art, Taiwan, 2000, pl. 20 and 21;
Hai-Wai Yi-Chen, Chinese Art in Overseas Collections, Buddhist Sculpture I, exh. cat., National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1998, pl. 37
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