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Object Number:C452
Current Location: China & Japan Gallery
Currently On Display
Culture:Chinese
Buddhist
Provenience: China
Henan
Period: Song Dynasty
Southern Song Dynasty
Yuan Dynasty
Date Made: 13th Century
Early Date: 1120
Late Date: 13th Century
Section:Asian
Materials:Paint
Stucco
Clay
Gypsum
Plaster
Gold
Technique:Fresco
Gilded
Iconography:Bodhisattva
Lotus
Inscription Language:Sanskrit
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1925

Description

Fragment of a fresco from a Buddhist temple wall painting. A bodhisattva in emerald green robes and red halo stands holding a lotus flower. A bodhisasttva is a being who has attained enlightenment but has postponed the joys of Nirvana, a state where one is free of suffering and the cycle of rebirth, in order to help other find salvation. This painting was once part of a larger wall illustration. The bodhisattva holds a lotus in his hand, a common motif in Buddhist art and a symbol of purity and perfection. Fresco is mounted and framed.


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