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

Tang dynasty (618–907)
7th century
Earthenware with traces of pigment
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)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mrs. Vincent Astor Gift, 1965
Accession Number:
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)

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