Shakyamuni as an Ascetic
This statue is of monumental scale and exceptionally fine workmanship. A work of this size and quality was likely to have been made in the official workshops under imperial auspices. The image of the ascetic Shakyamuni (the historical Buddha) is both powerful and immediate. Shakyamuni is portrayed in a state of contemplative meditation with closed eyes and an inward smile. He leans forward, head and hands resting on an upraised knee. The representation speaks eloquently of his withdrawal from the world to attain self-realization. It recalls another famous iconic image in the Cleveland collection depicting Shakyamuni descending from the mountains after enlightenment.
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Claude De Marteau purchased these two pieces from an Italian collector living in Belgium, named Eduard Lingero. During World War II Lingero, as an Italian, could travel freely to Paris, where he bought many pieces for his collection. In 1961 Lingero’s wife contracted cancer, and not wanting to split the collection with his daughter, he sold pieces to De Marteau. One huge Yamantaka from the imperial palace in Beijing was sold to Baron Rolin, a Belgian collector. De Marteau sold these two pieces to Sherman in 1965 when Sherman was working with him to buy the Dancing Shiva for Rockefeller, now in the Asia Society.
For 1966.116 and 1968.214
Overall: 44.2 x 31.8 公分 (17 3/8 x 12 1/2 英吋)