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Torso of a Bodhisattva

Creation date: ca. 730-750
Creation place: China

Other Information

Type: Stone Sculpture
Medium and Support: Stone, with trace of colors
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Ivan B. Hart
Accession Number: 1958.13
State/Province: Shanxi Province
Dimensions: 19 1/8 in. x 8 1/4 in. x 5 1/4 in. (48.58 cm x 20.96 cm x 13.34 cm)
Currently on view


Ivan B. Hart, New York, New York ( - August 1, 1958)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (August 1, 1958 - )

Label Copy

November 2005
Taste of Asia Rotation
This bodhisattva formed part of a group of Buddhist sculptures carved from the living rock of a man-made
cave temple. The damaged hands are pressed together
in a gesture of adoration in honor of a Buddha.

Traces of original polychrome pigment on the surface of the stone convey a sense of the brightly colored cave temples at Tianlong Shan. The swaying posture and gracefully draped garments are characteristic of sculptures of the Tang dynasty, considered to be one of the high classical moments in the history of Chinese art.
Last Updated: 8/15/2013


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:

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

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 130

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