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Attendant Bodhisattva

Period:
Five Dynasties (907–60) or Liao dynasty (907–1125)
Date:
10th–11th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Wood (willow) with gesso and pigment; single woodblock construction
Dimensions:
H. 59 in. (149.9 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1928
Accession Number:
28.122.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 208
This sculpture of an attendant bodhisattva was most likely part of a colossal triptych showing a Buddha flanked by two such figures. It is made of willow, a material that was often used in the north for the construction of Buddhist sculpture, and was once brightly painted. The body’s sense of volume, the careful rendering of the braids that fall along the shoulders, and the scarf tied at the chest are typical features of Buddhist statuary dating from the tenth and eleventh centuries.
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