Standing Disciple Mahakasyapa Holding a Cylindrical Reliquary

c. 550
Overall: 116 x 33 x 25 cm (45 11/16 x 13 x 9 13/16 in.)
Weight: 46 kg (101.41 lbs.)
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The complex of Buddhist cave temples at Xiangtangshan, “Mountain of Echoing Halls,” is a central achievement of the Northern Qi period.

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Mahakasyapa, the disciple of Shakyamuni, is presented with closed eyes in an expression of meditative concentration. He is holding a reliquary for the Buddha’s ashes, which symbolize the Buddha entering final spiritual attainment (nirvana) at death. The artistic simplicity exemplifies the spiritual content of this figure.
Standing Disciple Mahakasyapa Holding a Cylindrical Reliquary

Standing Disciple Mahakasyapa Holding a Cylindrical Reliquary

c. 550

China, Hebei province, Southern Xiangtangshan caves, Northern Qi dynasty (550-577)

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