Stone head of Buddha. A fragment consisting of the face only, modelled in the style that heralds the Tang.

Head of a Buddha, 570-577

Unknown artist, expand_more

Black limestoneexpand_more

Gift of Mrs. John Washburnexpand_more  37.64

This head of a buddha once belonged to a large sculpture that was probably located on the wall of a cave temple. The idea of carving temples and monastic complexes into living rock comes from India, but it became a favorite type of religious architecture in China as well. Often the back wall of a cave was devoted to a large buddha, like this one, flanked by attendant bodhisattvas.

Details
Title
Head of a Buddha
Role
Artist
Dimension
25 7/8 in. (65.72 cm)
Accession Number
37.64
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Stone head of Buddha. A fragment consisting of the face only, modelled in the style that heralds the Tang.