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Ancient Chinese Song Dynasty Stone Head of a Lohan - 960 AD

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Seller: artancientltd (9,304) 99.6%, Location: London, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 391620499170 Click to Enlarge An ancient Chinese limestone sculpture depicting the head of a lohan. Dating to China’s Song Dynasty, circa 960 - 1279 AD. The lohan is shown with typical chubby face and serene expression, his smiling mouth with teeth showing. The back of the head is roughly worked, suggesting that this was placed in a niche in ancient times. China’s adoption of Buddhism has resulted in some of the most spectacular sculpture in the world. In Buddhist teachings a lohan (or arhat) is one who has escaped from the endless cycle of death and rebirth but has chosen to remain in this world to spread the Buddha’s message. This exquisite sculpture, with its calm, smiling depiction of a lohan, would have adorned one of the great Buddhist cave temples, hewn from the mountains of Northern and Central China. Height: 10 inches; 13 ¾ inches as mounted. Condition: Very good. Fragmentary as shown, preserving the head and the tip of the shoulders at the back. Some minor visible chips as shown. The end of the nose restored. Two natural veins in the marble appear to have been filled with resin; one on the top of the forehead around 3 inches long and one very minor natural vein on the proper right cheek. There are substantial remains of green and black pigment (on the face and eyes respectively). Overall an honest example of an ancient Song dynasty head in very good condition. Provenance: By repute, New York Art Market, early 1900s. Subsequently sold at Doyle Auction House in the 1980s. Subsequently in a New York private collection, passed by inheritance. Purchased from the above by ArtAncient in 2013. Art Loss Register search No. S00088232. Published: ArtAncient, 2014. Glimpses. Object 9. Bibliography: Compare a piece of almost identical style and size, possibly carved by the same hand, that recently sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong: http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2016/literati-curiosity-ii-hk0631/lot.2835.html Authenticity Our parent company, ArtAncient Ltd. are members of the Antiquities Dealer's Association, LAPADA, CINOA and the BNTA. We exhibit at major art fairs and have sold to museums and important collectors. All objects we sell are authentic as described. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. All sales are subject to our terms and conditions, which can be found on our website, www.ArtAncient.com. As legitimate sellers, we do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. inkfrog terapeak inkFrog Analytics

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