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Lot 20: Exceptional Cast Iron Head of a Buddha, Song Dynasty

1184: Art Journey: China

by Auctionata Paddle8 AG

22 October 2016

Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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  • Exceptional Cast Iron Head of a Buddha, Song Dynasty
  • Exceptional Cast Iron Head of a Buddha, Song Dynasty
  • Exceptional Cast Iron Head of a Buddha, Song Dynasty
  • Exceptional Cast Iron Head of a Buddha, Song Dynasty
  • Exceptional Cast Iron Head of a Buddha, Song Dynasty
  • Exceptional Cast Iron Head of a Buddha, Song Dynasty
  • Exceptional Cast Iron Head of a Buddha, Song Dynasty
  • Exceptional Cast Iron Head of a Buddha, Song Dynasty
  • Exceptional Cast Iron Head of a Buddha, Song Dynasty
  • Exceptional Cast Iron Head of a Buddha, Song Dynasty
   
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Description: Cast iron
China, Song dynasty (960-1279)
Serene expression with characteristic meditative traits
Forehead with ‘third eye’ as a sign of enlightenment
Period style scholar’s headdress
Finely worked details
On a white wooden base (later)
Height (without stand): 17.5 cm
Good condition
Provenance: Private collection M.E., USA; Michael Fiorello, Philadelphia, USA

The Song dynasty is considered a golden age of inventions and industrial development. During this period the steel industry in particular was flourishing. Large foundries produced huge amounts of iron and steel. Consequently, this material also found its use in the art and crafts promoting the creation of exceptional Buddhist statues. To this day, preserved pieces such as the present Buddha head are rare, mostly of museum quality and thus highly sought after by collectors.

Condition:
The head is in good condition with wear consistent with age. The top of the head shows two casting holes (diameter approx. 2 cm). The height without stand is 17.5 cm.

Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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