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Bodhisattva Head

Creation date: 8th century
Creation place: Sri Lanka

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Type: Stone Sculpture
Medium and Support: Stone
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Phillips and Juliana Maio
Accession Number: 2005.161
Dimensions: 19 in. x 9 1/4 in. x 9 3/8 in. (48.26 cm x 23.5 cm x 23.81 cm)
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Mr. and Mrs. Michael Phillips, Beverly Hills, California ( - December 20, 2005)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 20, 2005 - )

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04/14/2017 Diana Chou
Legend proudly claims that the Buddha himself brought his teachings to Sri Lanka, and Theravada Buddhism is still practiced on the island today. This very rare sculpture, from the Anuradhapura period, represents a bodhisattva, an enlightened being who can help others on their path to enlightenment. It shows him in the typical form of a royal figure with a jeweled crown, although there are some unusual examples of bodhisattvas from Sri Lanka that are depicted as ascetics.
Last Updated: 4/14/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

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 The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/20/2017 - 00/00/00

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