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唐 彩繪石雕阿難陀像(石灰岩)
Monk, probably Ananda (Anantuo)

Tang dynasty (618–907)
8th century
Limestone with pigment
H. (incl. stone dowel): 69 in. (175.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of A. W. Bahr, in memory of his wife, Helen Marion Bahr, 1952
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 208
This young monk, most likely Ananda, was once part of a large group that would have included a Buddha accompanied by bodhisattvas and guardians. The figure holds an unidentifiable object that may represent an offering wrapped in a red cloth. After the sixth century, the Buddha Shakyamuni was often depicted with two disciples—the youthful Ananda and an elderly monk, Kashyapa, who renowned for his supernatural powers. Ananda, Shakyamuni’s cousin, served as the Buddha’s personal attendant and was known for his prodigious memory. He was also a champion of women’s rights and established an order of nuns.
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