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Chinese Carved Limestone Head of the Buddha, Mid-20th Century



A sensitively carved limestone monumental head of the Buddha, China, mid-20th century. The large carved limestone head displays a quiet sensuousness typical of the Northern Qi style, and follows Northern Qi stylistic conventions, with an oval shaped head covered in pinwheel shaped curls. His full lips pursed in a knowing smile under a strong nose. His heavily lidded eyes gazing downwards from under high arching brows. A perfect piece for the garden. The head showing signs of weathering, with lichen growing on the curls and streaking from water on the sides of his face.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)Diameter: 11 in. (27.94 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Presumably a part of a larger statue. With nice weathering. Loss to both ears, the underside partially polished.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU894711024873

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Located in Austin, TX

Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austi...

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