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Head of Maitreya

Accession Number
1969/2.138

Title
Head of Maitreya

Artist(s)
Chinese

Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
9th century - 10th century

Medium & Support
stone

Dimensions
10 3/8 in x 5 1/8 in x 5 13/16 in (26.4 cm x 13 cm x 14.7 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase for the Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection

Label copy
The round face of this "bodhisattva" is typical of the T'ang style. In comparison with the Gandharan head which portrays a more secular individual, this head's facial features have been idealized. After five or six centuries in China, Buddhist sculpture refelcted a less naturalistic, more abstract and remote approach to the depiction of the human form.

Primary Object Classification
Sculpture

Primary Object Type
figure

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
Buddhism
bodhisattva
head
heads (animal components)

2 Related Resources

Before 1492
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Buddhism
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)

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