East Asia, China, Eastern Wei or Northern Qi Dynasty, ca. mid 6th century CE. A fascinating limestone sculpture of the bodhisattva Guanyin (Avalokiteshvara), "The Lord Who Gazes Down At The World." This bodhisattva can be portrayed as both male or female and is believed to embody the compassion of all Buddhas. Skillfully carved with a tremendous amount of detail, the figure stands, his face serene, his body draped in elaborately-formed clothing and jewelry. He wears an ornate crown with a lotus flower at its center. A large, round halo is behind his head and upper body. A hollow on his exposed forearm suggests that he once had removable hands. Two small projections from the sides of his skirt would have once been another decorative feature. Size: 6.35" W x 16.25" H (16.1 cm x 41.3 cm); 20.65" H (52.5 cm) on included custom stand.
This figure is sculpted to wear a multi-chained pearl cabochon necklace/harness that meets at his waist; this style was inspired by artistic conventions in Central Asia, while his robes and face are clearly native Chinese. Northern Qi artwork is seen as a revival of Chinese art following the invasions of the 4th century; increasing trade along the Silk Road brought influences from the west which created new styles of artistic expression.
See a similar sculpture at the Met: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/42718
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex prominent American collection
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