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Flying Celestial Apsara (Feitian 飛天)
Flying Celestial Apsara (Feitian)

Period:
Tang dynasty (618–907)
Date:
7th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Earthenware with traces of pigment
Dimensions:
H. 26 3/4 in. (67.9 cm); W. 16 3/4 in. (42.5 cm); D. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); Wt. 30.3 lbs. (13.7 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mrs. Vincent Astor Gift, 1965
Accession Number:
65.178.2
Not on view
Celestial attendants to both Buddhist and Hindu deities in South Asia, apsaras are also frequently depicted in East Asia Buddhist art. This diamond-shaped tile may have decorated the exterior of the pagoda of the Xiuding Temple near Anyang in Henan Province
Henan Province (Xiuding-si pagoda)

[ J. T. Tai & Co. , New York, 1965; sold to MMA]
National Museum of History, Taipei. "Zhongguo gu dai shi diao yi shu) 中國古代石雕藝術," February 13, 1983–September 30, 1983.

Gaoxiang. Zhongzheng Culture Center. "Zhongguo gu dai shi diao yi shu) 中國古代石雕藝術," May 25, 1983–July 25, 1983.

Tainan Culture Center. "Zhongguo gu dai shi diao yi shu) 中國古代石雕藝術," August 10, 1983–September 30, 1983.

New York. St. John's University. "Chinese Buddhist Sculpture from the Wei through the Tang Dynasties," November 1, 1983–December 30, 1983.

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