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Auction: Chinese and Japanese Asian Art Auction
was auctioned on: 22 January 2018
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An important and very large painted wooden sculpture of a monk

Estimate: €60,000 - €80,000
ca. US$73,556 - US$98,075
Price realised:  n. a.
Lot number 225, Views: 87

An important and very large wooden sculpture of an high ranking monk in a black robe sitting while holding a rosary in his hands. Taking this rare sitting position into consideration it probably represents an important patriarch or abt from a monestary. An example of a statue of a monk sitting on a chair with shoes in front of him is the statue of Fuō Kobushi in Seiunji Temple (Yamanashi Province) dated 1353 and a statue without shoes that of Buttsū Zenji in the Hōkokuji (Ehime Province) dating to the 13th century (Special Exhibition of Buddhist Portraiture, Nara National Museum 1981). As is usual, the slightly larger than life head with inlayed eyes is carved separately and inserted in the body. Radiocarbon tests of the body of the statue and of the head show that the wood of the body is older than of the head. Because this was probably an important figure the head has been recreated 500 to 600 years after the original statue was created in the early Kamagura period. Maybe because the earlier example of the head got damaged. The head has a rather stern and lofty but slightly less expressive face, as it looks like the created person is in meditation and holding his breath. This is shown by the striking laryngeal prominence. The left hem of the robe shows traces of gold lacquer flower scrolls.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Oriental Art Auctions
Title: Chinese and Japanese Asian Art Auction
Date of the auction: 22 Jan 2018
Address: Oriental Art Auctions
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