Head of a bodhisattva


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 206

This head once belonged to a towering bodhisattva who presided over the entrance to the Central Cave at Northern Xiangtangshan. This site, which consists of only three cave temples with colossal figural sculptures, was once strategically located on the route between the capital at Ye and Jinyang, in Shanxi province. At the beginning of the Northern Qi period, it may have been a place for meditation or other Buddhist activities.

Head of a bodhisattva, Limestone with pigment, China

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