Pilgrim Sudhana (Shancai tongzi)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 208

Sculptures of a standing boy holding his hands in a reverent gesture often represent Sudhana, a young pilgrim who traveled throughout South and Southeast Asia to study with learned masters and celestial bodhisattvas in his quest for enlightenment. In China, he is often shown venerating the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, whom he visited during his journeys.

Pilgrim Sudhana (Shancai tongzi), Wood (linden) with pigment; single woodblock construction, China

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