Hand-carved wood buddha head, with polychrome traces, southern china, circa end of 18th century
Ancient and evocative, this head has very beautiful sculptural details.
The sensuous full face with slender bow-shaped eyes and hooded eyelids casting a serene and meditative aura with his omniscient black pupils gazing intently ahead. All below evenly arched eyebrows tapering at the ends
issuing from the broad straight nose and small bud mouth with full pale red lips above a thick rounded neck.
A domed ushnisha (the crown of hair) with the neatly coifed hair sculptured remaining on the
forehead and on the sides around the pendulous earlobes..
Height: cm 22,5
Head diameter: cm 15,5
Base diameter: cm 9,5
Weight: gr 808
Chips and a few areas of minor rubbing on the polychrome painting, otherwise intact, in good conditions.
Estimate: $500 - $800