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    • Limestone Maitreya
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    • Limestone Maitreya
    Limestone Maitreya

    Six Dynasties art from the Norman A. Kurland collection part two

    1 November - 24 November, 2018

    Click here to view Giuseppe Eskenazi discussing the collection

    From 1 to 24 November 2018, Eskenazi Limited will show the second part of the collection of Norman A. Kurland, a renowned American film and television agent who over a period of four decades has assembled the most important private collection of art and sculpture from the Six Dynasties period (220 to 581 AD). The exhibition follows the success of Part one which was held in November 2017 and which attracted great attention with works now residing in museum and private collections. Part two will feature thirty-eight works including two highly important early Buddhist sculptures alongside rare and exceptional examples of earthenware, metalwork and textiles.

    Limestone Maitreya

    Northern Wei Dynasty, early 6th century 
    Longmen cave temples, Henan province 

    It is likely that this seated figure, finely carved in limestone, represents Maitreya, the bodhisattva of the future, who waits in the Tusita heaven for his final rebirth on earth. He is seated in the ‘pensive’ pose, with one hand raised to rest on his cheek. The elegantly attenuated figure wears a tall crown, a shawl around his shoulders and a dhoti around his waist, which falls in crisply carved pleats and folds.

    Height: 61.0cm