Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Head of a Buddha

Northern Qi dynasty (550–577)
mid-6th century
Limestone with traces of pigment and gilding
H. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm); W. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm); D. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 2001
Accession Number:
Not on view
The subtle fleshiness of the cheeks, thin nose ridge, and elegant curve of the eyebrows and eyelids are characteristic of sculpture produced in Shandong province, in northeast China, during the second half of the sixth century. Identification of this school of Chinese Buddhist sculpture is based on recent, spectacular archaeological discoveries at sites such as Qingzhou.
Shandong Province

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

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