Bodhisattva Guanyin

Bodhisattva Guanyin

late 500s-early 600s

Sandstone with polychromy

Overall: 138.8 x 38.2 x 27.4 cm (54 5/8 x 15 1/16 x 10 13/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1962.162

Description

The artistic excellence of this bodhisattva is further reinforced by comparable outstanding Chinese Buddhist sculptures excavated at Qingzhou in Shandong Province in 1996-one of the most sensational and significant archaeological finds of the 20th century. Like related types among the Qingzhou finds, this statute has a gently smiling face and meticulous detailing of splendid jewelry. A noticeable difference, however, is the unique yingluo (mukt hara) worn by the bodhisattva for personal adornment. The somewhat bizarre but imaginative combination of a string of jewels with grotesque animal masks, flying aspara, jade pendants, dragons, and metal ornaments was probably a regional decorative style of Shanxi Province.

See also
Collection: 
China - Sui Dynasty
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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