Description: Red sandstone. China, Song Dynasty, approx. 12th / 13th century
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A rare massive example of a complete head from a cave temple. The height of the head is easily double that of a normal human head and it can be estimated that the entire sculpture stood about 3,5 meters tall. The work stands out from other Buddhist depictions due to its emphasized contentment and character of joyful existence and indulgence in harmony, a trend characteristic of the upper class in china at the time (highpoint of a court-official culture). The head has a very round form with ears fitted closely to it and the earlobes are not elongated. The locks of hair stand out of the head with an almost dramatic effect and were once adorned with spirals carved in the round, twisting in a counter-clockwise- and (slightly less) clockwise direction. The ushnisha is an only slightly raised, smooth dome. The hairline forms a cusp in the center above the forehead and there is an urna symbolizing nobility and enlightenment above the nose. The heavy half-closed eyelids hold an important role in the overall expression. The enlightened look of all-knowingness, graciousness, mercy and leniency radiates his supernatural power on all who look up to him. The head also has an engaging profile. Some damages due to age, weathering, presumably also repairs. Remnants of a former color coating. Mounted in a dignified manner on a stepped, black quadratic base.
HEIGHT (WITHOUT BASE) 38,8 CM
From a German private collection, afterwards collection Sohel Ch., New-Delhi - Vienna
紅砂石佛尊頭. 中國, 宋代, 約12世紀-13世紀. 高 38,8 厘米.
A noteworthy share of the antiques offered here – around 130 lots – originate from the Collection Sohel Ch., a successful business man from Delhi who spent many years in Vienna. The part of his collection, which we here offer, was mainly acquired in the art trade of Vienna. The chief reason for his collecting activity, which he perpetuated with considerable specialized knowledge, sense for quality and great committment, was to establish a private Asian museum in his native city of New Delhi. Because of severe illness, it was impossible for him to realize his plan and he thus decided to submit us the entire complex of his "Viennese collection" for sale.
來自 Sohel Ch. 先生的舊藏
這本圖錄所紀錄的藝術品的大部分（約130件）來自 Sohel Ch. 先生的舊藏。這位收藏家是個來自新德里的古董拒買，曾有數年住在維也納。這次所介紹的藝術品主要來自他的維也納分點。他數十年的努力，知識和質量敏感都曾進入他的收藏活動，結果之一為在其城市，新德里，收藏到了一個原來屬於私人亞洲美術館的收藏的全部藏品。很不幸的是這位收藏家最近生病極為嚴重，無法實現自己原來對藝術藏品的願望，結果把全部維也納分店的收藏提供給拍賣公司給以賣出。