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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.
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