Northern Wei Dynasty Sandstone Bodhisattva's Head - China -  386-534 A.D.
Northern Wei Dynasty Sandstone Bodhisattva's Head - China -  386-534 A.D.
Northern Wei Dynasty Sandstone Bodhisattva's Head - China -  386-534 A.D.
Northern Wei Dynasty Sandstone Bodhisattva's Head - China -  386-534 A.D.
Northern Wei Dynasty Sandstone Bodhisattva's Head - China -  386-534 A.D.
Northern Wei Dynasty Sandstone Bodhisattva's Head - China -  386-534 A.D.

Northern Wei Dynasty Sandstone Bodhisattva's Head - China - 386-534 A.D.

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Beautiful Chinese Northern Wei Dynasty Sandstone Bodhisattva Head 386-534 A.D. 

Size: High 27.5cm, weight 7.4kg

Fine condition. 

A sandstone head of a Bodhisattva with serene expression, rounded cheeks and eyes downcast beneath the arched brows, elongated earlobes signifying wisdom and compassion; wearing a large lotus-shaped crown with a central jewel. 

Object history: Ex English Auction House, previously acquired 1990s West Country collection, UK.

Object literatureThe Northern Wei was a Chinese dynasty which ruled Northern China from 386 to 534 AD. The Northern Wei dynasty is particularly noted for unifying Northern China in 439; this was also a period when foreign ideas were being introduced, such as Buddhism, which became firmly established. Northern Wei sculpture, represents the first major Buddhist influence on Chinese art.