East Asia, China, Qing Dynasty, ca. 19th century CE. A monumental, finely carved marble head of a Bodhisattva presenting a tranquil visage comprised of closed eyes, elegantly arched brows that lead to a naturalistic nose, gently smiling full lips, soft rounded cheeks, a delicate chin, and elongated earlobes. All is topped by a magnificent coiffure with a rolled curls framing the forehead, a pair of interfacing curlicues at the center, long tendrils gracing the ears, a neatly combed section raised into a lofty bun adorned by a diadem, and finally a magnificent leafy lotus blossom headpiece crowning her presence. In addition to this sculpture's impressive artistry and the expert technique displayed, the marble itself is inherently beautiful, replete with soft, glowing white hues and elegant inclusions of dove grey, golden, and almond brown hues. Size: 12" L x 11.5" W x 22.25" H (30.5 cm x 29.2 cm x 56.5 cm); 55" H (139.7 cm) on included custom stand.
This exceptional bust is fitted to a custom pedestal with a warm wooden surface that complements the cool white marble perfectly.
Bodhisattvas are among the most compassionate beings in the universe, devoting themselves to saving the suffering and helping others achieve enlightenment and Buddhahood. Traditionally depicted as less austere than Buddhas with graceful postures and elegant garments, a nod to the riches of the Northwestern Chinese Silk Road, this piece is no exception. Bodhisattvas are associated with compassion and mercy - their long ears significant, because they rescues all human beings by hearing their cries for help and the sounds of suffering.
Provenance: ex-van Dyes Estate, Maui, Hawaii, collected between 1980 and 1990
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Expected surface wear with scuffs, abrasions, and minor nicks to high-pointed areas commensurate with age. Some staining, particularly on the verso. Deposits grace the surface as well; these are most visible in recesses of the carving. Overall intact and excellent. Pedestal is in very good condition save a couple of minor age cracks to the wood.