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Bodhisattva Head


Creation date: ca. 565
Creation place: China

Other Information

Type: Stone Sculpture
Medium and Support: Limestone
Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Cora Timken Burnett
Accession Number: 1957.434
State/Province: Shanxi Province
Dimensions: 16 in. x 11 in. x 7 1/2 in. (40.64 cm x 27.94 cm x 19.05 cm)
Currently on view

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This is the head of the bodhisattva Maitreya, who is thought to be waiting in a heaven for the moment when he will be born to become the next
Buddha on this earth. The expression on his face is serene as he waits in meditative bliss. Ribbons stream down the sides of his head from the beautifully articulated crown. Heavy earrings pull
his earlobes down to his shoulders.
Last Updated: 3/26/2021

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan , 9/30/2010 - 5/27/2012

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

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Ms. Yu Sung. San Diego Museum of Art San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 16

Ms. Yu Sung. Selections from the Chinese Collection San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1999
Page Number: 100, 111, Figure Number: 100 (detail), 111

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 128, 129, Figure Number: 129

Katherine Tsiang. Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art. University of Chicago, 2010
Page Number: 230, Figure Number: 32

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