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Auction: Antiquities & Coins
was auctioned on: 3 September 2019
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Central Asian Head of Bodhisattva

Estimate: £10,000 - £14,000
ca. US$12,168 - US$17,035
Price realised:  n. a.
Lot number 0380, Views: 44

Central Asian Head of Bodhisattva 3th-4th century AD A grey stucco head of a bodhisattva with traces of pink pigment, elaborate curled hairstyle with circlet to the brow and lateral scrolled plaques; mounted on a custom-made stand. 8.2 kg total, 48cm including stand (19"). Fine condition. Rare. [No Reserve] Provenance From an old Tokyo collection; previously the property of a Japanese gentleman since the late 1990s; accompanied by copies of the relevant pages as published in The Remains of Happiness, The Dr. & Mrs Kurokawa Collection, vol.2, 2001, p.71, no.241. Published The Remains of Happiness, The Dr. & Mrs Kurokawa Collection, vol.2, 2001, p.71, no.241. Footnotes The head probably comes from a statue on the perimeter of a Buddhist temple or shrine, where its large size and imposing features would have inspired reverence among worshippers. By the fourth century AD monumental imagery became increasingly common in Gandhara, almost exclusively restricted to images of the Buddha himself but here the presence of the turban and some decorative features imply that this may indeed be a rare representation of Shakyamuni prior to his enlightenment. Alternatively, the head may have formed part of a triad of such figures.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Timeline Auctions
Title: Antiquities & Coins
Date of the auction: 3 Sep 2019 - 9 Sep 2019
Address: Timeline Auctions
23-24 Berkeley Square
W1J 6HE London
United Kingdom
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