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北齊 北響堂山中窟 彩繪石雕菩薩頭像(石灰岩)
Head of an Attendant Bodhisattva

Period:
Northern Qi dynasty (550–577)
Date:
ca. 565–75
Culture:
China
Medium:
Limestone with pigment
Dimensions:
H. 32 in. (81.3 cm); W. 17 1/2 in. (44.5 cm); approx. D. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of C. T. Loo, 1951
Accession Number:
51.52
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 206
This head once belonged to a towering bodhisattva who presided over the entrance to the Central Cave at Northern Xiangtangshan. This site, which consists of only three cave temples with colossal figural sculptures, was once strategically located on the route between the capital at Ye and Jinyang, in Shanxi province. At the beginning of the Northern Qi period, it may have been a place for meditation or other Buddhist activities.
Hebei Province (Northern Xiangtangshan, central cave)

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