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This is a genuine 18th century Chinese Schist Stone Head from the Qing Dynasty, they ruled China from 1644-1911, this would have been from the height and middle of their rule based from the detail on the specimen, dating to 1750- to early 1800s.
A rarely offered and museum quality specimen.Try to find another for sale online, only other reference is someone else's private collection... a very uncommon piece. This is straight from my collection, always well stored, any dings etc were as given to me, all evident in the photos, but then again, this is 300 years old... either way, a very striking display or collection specimen.
Measures: 5"h X 3.00"w
"Schist" refers to the type of stone made to create this bust, maybe a common mix of quartz and grey stone, cut and polished then by hand.
Known as the Gautama "Shakyamuni" Buddha, the face is supposed to express the "moment of awakening/enlightenment", the meaning of the word Buddha is "awakened one", so Gautama Buddha represents the first enlightened one, whose teachings all Buddhism is founded.
This has not been mounted ever, no holes drilled, merely rested, as it for many years, if not decades, the film of dirt and candle soot is original to the piece
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