Warriors and Leaders : Buddha Head (Female) at Davidson Galleries

Katsuyuki Nishijima Japanese (b. 1945)

Buddha Head (Female)

Medium: color woodblock
Year: Date of Impression c. 1975
Signature: Stamped with artists red seal
Size: 6 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches
Description: Most likely this is Quan Yin (or Kwan Yin), the most important female figure in many Buddhist traditions, but predominantly in Korea, Japan, and China. Quan Yin is a rebirth of the bodhisattva Avolikiteshvara, a monk from a previous eon who was reborn in a heavenly realm and filled with compassion for all living beings. One legend states that Avolikiteshvara chose to be reborn as a beautiful woman to marry a famous king and convince him to become a Buddhist. Quan Yin is therefore the embodiment of compassion and is roughly equivalent to Green Tara in Tibetan Buddhism.
Stock Number: 28034c

Warriors and Leaders : Judith with the Head of Holofernes at Davidson Galleries

Hans Sebald Beham German (1500-1550)

Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Medium: Engraving
Signature: Initials in the plate
Size: 4-1/2 x 2-7/8 inches
Description: This popular tale from the Old Testament starts with Holofernes, an Assyrian general who about to destroy Judith's home, the city of Bethulia. Judith, a beautiful widow, takes advantage of Holofernes’ lust for her and gains access to his tent. She gets him drunk and when he passes out, grabs his sword and decapitates him. She flees with her maidservant with Holofernes’ head in a basket. Beham’s interpretation is particularly unique in that he depicts her nude, striding forward with the sword in hand. This posture places her firmly in the category of “heroic nude,” usually an arena reserved for males.
Stock Number: 32377c

Warriors and Leaders : Beim Dengeln (Sharpening the Scythe) at Davidson Galleries

Käthe Kollwitz German (1867–1945)

Beim Dengeln (Sharpening the Scythe)

Series: Peasant's War, sheet 3
Medium: Line etching, drypoint, sandpaper, aquatint and soft ground with imprint of laid paper and Ziegler’s transfer paper
Year: Date of Impression 1963-1972. Date of Plate 1905.
Publisher: Alexander von der Becke. Von der Becke two-line Munich blindstamp lower right corner of image.
References: Klipstein 90, Hinz 36, Knesebeck 88 xiv-c/xiv-c
Size: 11-3/4 x 11-3/4 inches (297 x 297 mm)
Description: Inspired by the revolutionary leader of the 1525 German peasant revolt, “Black Anna,” Kollwitz began the Peasants’ War series and broke with tradition by telling most of the story from the viewpoint of the women involved. In this revolt against the compulsory labor and crippling taxes enforced on the peasantry, Kollwotz found a parallel with the plight of the contemporary working class then in Germany. Sharpening the Scythe shows the female revolutionary in preparation. She sits fierce and resolute, peering menacingly and powerfully over her scythe as she hones the blade’s edge to deadly sharpness.
Stock Number: 45653c

Warriors and Leaders : Te Volvi a Ver (I Saw You Again) at Davidson Galleries

Jose Guadalupe Posada Mexican (1851–1913)

Te Volvi a Ver (I Saw You Again)

Medium: Wood engraving
Year: 1942
Publisher: Published by La Estampa Mexicana
Size: 5 x 3-1/4 inches
Description: Wood engraving from 25 Prints of José Guadelupe Posada
Stock Number: 10032
Price: $145.00