Wednesday, February 27, 2019

In the mood for Ancient art and artifacts see the Barakat Gallery's selection.

 
A Sui Serpentine Marble Head of a Bodhisattva
581 AD to 618 AD
China
This is a very rare green serpentine marble head of a Bodhisattva. The deity is 
depicted wearing a huge crown, which still shows traces of red and yellowish paint. 
Although the torso of the sculpture is missing we can postulate that it is originally in 
standing form, derived from its facial expression and downcast eyes.
 
The extensively decorated crown depicts three Buddhas and five halos, possibly 
indicating the temporal and spatial tri-Buddhas, positioning the present Buddha 
Shakyamuni (Vairocana) at the centre. Hints of red suggests previous gilding of 
ferrous mineral paint. It is a showcase of splendid craftsmanship, which achieves 
a sense of three-dimensional perspective through intelligent carving, emphasizing 
the differences between background and foreground.
 
For more information please click the image above.  To see
additional artifacts from the Sui Dynasty please click HERE
 Iron Age Vessel
Lega Wooden Mask
Athenian Silver Tetradrachm
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