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明 彩繪木雕善財童子像(椴木胎)
Pilgrim Sudhana (Shancai tongzi)

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
late 15th–early 17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Wood (linden) with pigment; single woodblock construction
Dimensions:
H. 27 1/2 in. (69.9 cm); W. 12 in. (30.5 cm); D. 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, 1942
Accession Number:
42.25.6
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 208
Sculptures of a standing boy holding his hands in a reverent gesture often represent Sudhana, a young pilgrim who traveled throughout South and Southeast Asia to study with learned masters and celestial bodhisattvas in his quest for enlightenment. In China, he is often shown venerating the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, whom he visited during his journeys.
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller , 1942; donated to MMA
Portland Art Museum. "Masterworks in Wood: Japan and China," November 2, 1976–December 5, 1976.

New York. Asia House Gallery. "Masterworks in Wood: Japan and China," January 15, 1977–March 20, 1977.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Weber Galleries Reinstallation," October 14, 1998–March 19, 2010.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Wei, Jin, Southern and Northern Dynasties," 2005.

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