An extremely fine Chinese green stone Buddhist Triad group sculpture, dating from the Tang Dynasty period. The three figures, standing on a trilobate podium, are similarly modelled, with the central one slightly bigger than the two siding it. The central figure is the Buddha Gautama, the Enlightened One, sided by the two bodhisattvas Avalokiteśvara and Kṣitigarbha. They are all similarly dressed, wearing headpiece and long robes reaching their ankles. They all wear a decorated collar and their robes are finely detailed with carvings showing the folds and drops of their garments. They display different mudras, ritualistic poses or hand gestures which hold a symbolic meaning in Buddhism. Their facial detailing is very delicately rendered, with prominent eyebrows, almond shaped eyes and soft lips beautifully carved in the stone.
Date: Circa 618-906 AD
Period: Tang Dynasty