Song Stone Head of a Buddha - AM.0157 - For Sale

Song Stone Head of a Buddha - AM.0157
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After the collapse of the Tang Dynasty (906 AD), there was a succession of short-lived governments (known as the Five Dynasties). This period of unrest came to an end with the establishment of the Song Dynasty in 960 AD. Renewed political stability helped to usher in a period of economic prosperity and a massive rise in population. Amongst the many cultural achievements of the Song Dynasty, the re- invigoration of the examination system and the invention of movable type rank highly. It was also the period which witnessed the development of Neo-Confucianism- a philosophical movement heavily influenced by Buddhist teachings. Although there is evidence that Buddhism had reached China from India during the Han Dynasty, it took time for the new faith to make progress. This was partly because it had to compete with native ideologies, namely Confucianism and Daoism. It was possible, however, to find common ground between these belief systems and by the Tang Dynasty Buddhism was experiencing a golden age in China.It is extremely rare to find such an early and well-preserved Buddha head on the market. The head is a fragment from an over life-size sculpture that would probably have depicted the Buddha in a seated position. The hair consists of small, finely carved, spiral curls which are arranged in regular horizontal tiers above the forehead, rising up into a mound that denotes the Buddha’s spiritual wisdom. The eyes are downcast with heavy, deeply cut eyelids. The expression is one of calm serenity and a meditative state. The elongated earlobes reference the historical Buddha’s life of luxury (the elongation was caused by wearing heavy earrings), before he set out of the path to enlightenment. This sculpture is a unique object that recalls the piety of early Buddhists as well as the refined sensibilities of the Song era. (AM) - (AM.0157)

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