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Stone Buddha head

Stone Buddha head


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Sculpture: Pre 1900: Item # 1439040

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The head is carved in a grey stone that I think is limestone, it is harder than marble but it can be scratched with a steel tool. The naive sculpture seems to be made by a craftsman who was not a sculptor or a sculptor of a primitive people. It unquestionably represents a Buddha with his third eye in the middle of his forehead. There is some red pigment left in one nostril and in the corner of the mouth.The appearance of the stone seems very old. The style of the hairstyle reminds me of the Tang dynasty but it seems impossible to me that it is Chinese, the same type of wood and the same design as that of pedestals which I believe are found in Indonesia or elsewhere in South-East Asia and on which are mounted indigenous carvings in ivory or deer antlers for export since 1880. It is quite possible that this Buddha, which was life-size, was commissioned by a Chinese expatriate community to a native sculptor who would have done his best. The large eyes, thick lips and pointed skull are rather reminiscent of Africa. It is an intriguing statuary that is certainly unique. High about 35 cm (stone only)