Statue Fragment


From: China | Hebei | Xiangtangshan

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number C64
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chinese | Buddhist
Provenience China | Hebei | Xiangtangshan
Period Northern Qi Dynasty
Date Made Northern Qi Dynasty
Section Asian
Materials Stone | Pigment
Technique Carved
Iconography Buddha Head

Stone head of Buddha. Stone with traces of pigment. The long earlobes of the Buddha are a reminder of the heavy earrings that he wore before renouncing material things to seek enlightenment. His rounded cheeks are meant to resemble those of a lion, an animal that is praised for its power and associated with Sakyamuni, the historical Buddha. The ushnisha, or cranial protuberance which may have originally been based on a topknot or turban, is considered a mark of wisdom. The urna, or marking on the forehead, is an all seeing eye. Finally the wavy hair of the Buddha suggests Greco Roman influence a departure from the conventional curls typical of Chinese sculptures at the time.

Height 51 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Worch of Paris, 1914
Other Number Getz 19 - Other Number

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