Figure of Bodhisattava (Buddha to be) - 918.7.323_1


Figure of Bodhisattava (Buddha to be)

Medium:Carved red sandstone with paint and gilding
Geography: China
Date: Late 6th century
Period: Sui Dynasty
64.2 x 20.3 x 16 cm
Object number: 918.7.323
Credit Line: The George Crofts Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Matthews Family Court of Chinese Sculpture
DescriptionFigure standing on a double lotus socle with right arm pendant holding ends of a stole, left arm raised to the chest holding a lotus bud.  Coated and gilded on front and sides, with traces of red paint on face halo and lips and traces of black in eyes and hair. A crown on the head decorated with a scrolling design and ribbons falling onto the shoulders from behind the ears on either side.  Halo plain and broken, eyes down cast long ears and 2 neck rings.  Dress: a wide stole covers the shoulders leaving the upper chest bare.  The stole loops over the left arm and falls down the side of the body, the other end crosses the body at knee level and is held in the right hand.  A belt holds a double layered “skirt” in place, it falls to the floor enfolds, the feet are bare and are only partly covered by the clothing.   A double stranded necklace crosses the chest disappearing under the stole, on the left arm two bracelets.
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