Carved Wooden Head of Buddha by Unknown Artist

The head is almost four times life-size and carved in three separate parts using a Japanese technique called Yoseki Zukuri.

Details

Medium:
Japanese cypress wood
Dimensions:
95 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,000 ( Total: £1,500)
Acquired in:
1950
Vendor:
Frau W Solf

It was once painted, lacquered and gilded. The style is characteristic of late Fujiwara sculpture.

Provenance

Wilhelm Solf, German Ambassador to Japan.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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