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Bodhisattva

Bodhisattva

late 100s

Schist

Overall: 132.4 cm (52 1/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1965.476

Description

Bodhisattvas, who are one stage away from complete enlightenment, are depicted as royal figures because the Buddha himself was a prince before he renounced that life and finally achieved enlightenment. He wears elaborate jewelry, including a string of amulets diagonally across his chest. The garments are Indian, but the muscular torso is derived from Greco-Roman sources.

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