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Buddha with Radiate Halo and Mandorla

5th–6th century
China (Xinjiang Autonomous Region, Turfan area)
Juniper wood with traces of color and gold
H. 14 1/4 x W. 5 1/2 x D. 2 5/8 in. (36.2 x 14 x 6.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 236
This portable shrine from the northern branch of the Central Asian Silk Road was probably the centerpiece of a three-part traveling shrine—a small triptych with doors. Two donors on the base venerate what appears to be a pot overflowing with vegetation. Such shrines for personal devotion traveled with merchants and pilgrims. While the Buddha, especially his hairstyle, can be related to Chinese imagery, the overall presentation of the figure and the combined halo and mandorla show connections to the Afghan and Gandharan visual tradition (see 48.66a, b).
[ Edgar Worch , New York, until 1929; sold to MMA]
Osaka. : Japanese Association for the 1970 World Exposition. "Progress and Harmony for Mankind," March 15, 1970–September 13, 1970.

Nara National Museum. "Nihon Bukkyō bijutsu no genryū," April 29, 1978–June 11, 1978.

Nara National Museum. "Danzō: Buddhist Images Carved in Aromatic Woods," April 27, 1991–June 2, 1991.

Paris. Réunion des Musées Nationaux. "Serinde, Serinde: Terre du Buddha," 1995–96.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Glimpses of the Silk Road: Central Asia in the First Millennium," 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Buddhism Along the Silk Road," June 2, 2012–February 10, 2013.

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