Head of a Buddha, Northern Qi Dynasty, 550–577 A.D.
This beautifully sculpted head of a Buddha fully captures a physical essence of serenity coupled with a true effortlessness of being. The subtle fleshiness of the check and chin and the curvature of the eyebrows are typical for Northern Qi art. There is an interesting dynamic contrast in the facial features, with the straight lines of the nose ridge and the philtrum perpendicular to the heavy eyelids and pursed lips. The mouth itself is slightly upturned in the faintest of smiles. The work
Stone with traces of gilding Courtesy Axel Vervoordt Gallery.