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Flying Apsaras

Creation date: 17th century (or 18th century)
Creation place: Japan

Other Information

Type: Wood Sculpture
Medium and Support: Wood, with trace of colors
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by the Barbara and William Karatz Fund in memory of Barbara L. Karatz
Accession Number: 2001.1
Dimensions: 20 in. x 37 in. x 11 in. (50.8 cm x 93.98 cm x 27.94 cm)
Currently on view


Gerard Hawthorn Limited, London, England ( - January 30, 2001)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (January 30, 2001 - )

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An apsaras is a celestial being who is able to fly through the air. In Buddhism these figures accompany the Buddha as heavenly worshippers to show that he is worthy of veneration not only by humans but also by celestial beings. This figure probably once carried offerings of flowers.
This sculpture is made of several pieces of wood joined together and was originally painted in many colors. Sculptures of this age rarely retain so much original polychrome and the full flourish of drapery fluttering in celestial winds as it flies through the air.
Last Updated: 5/28/2014


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Art of East Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 2/3/2013 - 8/1/2013


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Berin Golonu, ed. Artweek Spaulding-Devin, Inc.. San Jose, California, June 2001
Page Number: 2

Dr. Caron Smith. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 63, Figure Number: 63

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