Lot 18: Large Stone Head of a Dignitary with Headdress, Tang/Liao Dyn.
October 22, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
China, Tang (618-907)/Liao dynasty (916-1125)
Provenance: Property of a French noble man, in the family collection since at least 1967
Depiction of a male dignitary with a friendly expression
The almond-shaped eyes with accentuated pupils and slightly smiling, full mouth as well as the delicate nose are finely carved
A richly decorated floral headdress with curved elements adorns the head
Mounted on a black base (later)
Height: c. 47 cm
Good age related condition
A stone head of an official is extremely rare in this size and the present example is presumably a depiction of a deity in official guise. In its execution the head is similar to faces of officials in the grave of Zhang Shiqing in Xuanhua in Hebei Province, illustrated in Gilded Splendor: Treasures of China‘s Liao Empire (907-1125), Asia Society, New York 2006, pp. 260, 338 and 340, figs. 102, 115 and 116.
The stone head is in good condition with wear consistent with age. Some losses, e.g. to the ears and chin. The height is c. 47 cm.
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