This late 18th/early 19th century Chinese wood Buddha, nearly three feet tall, is carved in the Udayana image, an iconic pose used to portray the Shakyamuni Buddha. The figure, standing on a double lotus throne, gazes imperturbably out at the world with right hand extended in varada mudra, the Buddhist gesture of charity and blessings. Covering the entire wood surface are strong remains of original paint—russet , indigo and soft green define robes and throne; face, arms, hands and feet are coated in flesh-colored paint. Large rounded curls on the head also retain much of the indigo color.
Facial features are delicate, with beautifully tilted eyes and brows defined in black, and a small painted red mouth with just the suggestion of a smile. The wide face and round head with dome-shaped unisha as well as robe style and draping evoke ancient Northern QI (550-577 A.D.) Buddha statues unearthed in the 1990s in Shandong Province. On the kasaya (monastic robe), draping is rendered with shallow carving to the left and right of the robe opening in the front, and on the back of the robe. Carved fluted borders are emphasized with contrasting light green. An indigo skirt showing under the kasaya is ankle length in front, floor length at the sides and back.
The figure is in good condition, with expected evidence of age seen in the flesh-colored, russet and indigo paint that covers the wood. There is an old crack in the throne (see photo enlargement # 9). Dimensions: height 32” (81.3 cm), width 9 ¾” (24.3 cm), depth 9 ¾”. SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM