Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Bodhisattva

Date:
4th–5th century
Culture:
Afghanistan
Medium:
Stucco
Dimensions:
H. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
31.82.5
Not on view
Elaborate tasseled headdresses are found at sites in the Gandharan region, in the Kucha kingdom, at related sites such as Tumshuq, and in northwest China. They are generally worn by bodhisattvas, beings that have attained enlightenment but choose to remain accessible to devotees.
[ Imre Schwaiger , London, until 1928; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Glimpses of the Silk Road: Central Asia in the First Millennium," 2002.

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