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Bodhisattva

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China, probably Hebei province, Bodhisattva, 550-577 CE, marble, Museum Purchase: Ella M. Hirsch Fund, public domain, 40.31

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Title

Bodhisattva

Artist

China, Hebei province (Chinese)

Date

550-577 CE

Period

China: Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577 CE)

Medium

marble

Dimensions (H x W x D)

37 1/2 in x 10 1/4 in x 4 1/2 in

Collection Area

Asian Art

Category

Sculpture

Object Type

sculpture

Culture

Chinese

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Ella M. Hirsch Fund

Accession Number

40.31

Copyright

public domain

Terms

bodhisattva

Buddhism

marble

Northern Qi

sculpture

Location

Belluschi Building

Ayer Wing

1st Floor

Goodman Gallery

Description

In Buddhism, a bodhisattva (wisdom being) is one who has attained enlightenment but postpones nirvana (final extinction) in order to help others. Bodhisattvas appear in the form of the young Siddhartha as a prince in ancient India, wearing elaborate jewelry and a dhoti, a skirt-like garment draped at the waist.

This figure dates from the Northern Qi dynasty (550–557), making it contemporary with the large Buddha head on view nearby (51.255). Sculpture from this period reveals a nascent movement toward realism, as the body begins to emerge from an erect, columnar form, with low relief carving to delineate musculature, garments, and jewelry. Polychrome painting, now completely worn away, enhanced the lifelike effect.

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