Head of Bodhissatva

鐵鑄菩薩頭像

Cast iron
Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644)

Height: 10 ¾ inches (27.5 cm)
The full, rounded face offers serene expression with contemplative, downcast eyes, below the undulating line of the brow, while the soft lips are pursed in a benign manner. The thick locks of hair are swept up into a bound top knot. The well-modelled features are accentuated with deftly incised lines around the eyes, nostrils and lips.

Cast iron figures of Buddhist deities appeared from the Tang dynasty onwards and enjoyed particular status. The figures are often dated and some retain traces of their original polychrome pigments. The figures were used by the temples as well as for private devotions.

Related example:
R. Lefebvre D’Argence, The Avery Brundage Collection, Chinese, Korean and Japanese Sculpture, no. 164 for a larger figure dated to 1520

Provenance: Private French Collection

高10 ¾ 英寸(27.5 公分)