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Image of Head of a Bodhisattva

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Head of a Bodhisattva

Creation date: ca. 100
Creation place: Pakistan

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Type: Stone Sculpture
Medium and Support: stone on stone
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by The Asiatic Arts Committee of the Fine Arts Society, 1967.
Accession Number: 1967.160
State/Province: North-West Frontier Province
Dimensions: 12 1/2 in. x 8 in. x 8 in. (31.75 cm x 20.32 cm x 20.32 cm)


Spink & Son Ltd, London, England ( - July 20, 1967)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (July 20, 1967 - )

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04/14/2017 Diana Chou
The intricate royal turban on this bodhisattva sculpture incorporates motifs popular in both Central Asia and India, such as winged lions and crocodile-like creatures with jewels spilling from their mouths. Displacing a crest in the center of the crown is an inscription written in a southern Indian script, indicating the statue was made by a stone carver who had come from the south to meet the demand for artists in the Gandhara region.

Last Updated: 4/14/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Tastes in Asian Art Rotation , 5/28/2005 - 11/6/2005

Temple, Palace, Mosque: Southern Asian & Persian Art , 1/2/2010 - 2/1/2011

Temple Palace and Mosque Rotations San Diego Museum of Art , 8/16/2010 - 00/00/00

Temple, Palace, Mosque: Temple Arts for Sacred Spaces of Southern Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 6/23/2012 - 1/6/2013

Arts of South and Southeast Asia 2nd to 16th Century , 6/16/2014 - 12/14/2014

Arts of South and Southeast Asia 2nd - 6th century The San Diego Museum of Art , 12/20/2014 - 00/00/00

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