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Marble Sculpture of a Seated Sage - H.042
Origin: China
Circa: 960 AD to 1279 AD
Dimensions: 26.25" (66.7cm) high x 15" (38.1cm) wide
Collection: Chinese
Medium: Marble

Location: United States
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Shown seated on a throne, this figure clasps his hands beneath the long folds of a flowing robe, seemingly holding an emblem or offering. The tips of his shoes appear beneath the hems of layered clothing which is accompanied by a hanging sash and square chest plate. The figure is portrayed with a strong jawbone, broad facial features, pendulant earlobes, and complacent expression. His thick combed hair is neatly tucked under a triangular shaped crown adorned with a gem studded band and an image of a meditating Buddha on a lotus throne. Though it is unclear whether this figure represents a Taoist deity, Confucian dignitary, or Buddhist figure, it is probable that he possesses admirable virtues or extraordinary ability that make him a worthy subject for stone work. Since stone was associated with the cult of immortality, only the heroic and sagacious were chosen for this medium. - (H.042)


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