Standing Bodhisattva of white marble, arms broken off below shoulder. The figure wears a narrow scarf, barely defined, and a skirt girdled at the waist, its upper edge finished with a curling line. Jewelled necklace and long chains. High headdress. Feet missing, head restored at throat where formerly broken off.

Standing bodhisattva, one of a pair, late 6th century

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This pair of bodhisattvas flanking the larger standing Buddha in this triad came from a temple near the city of Dingzhou in northern China. While the bodhisattvas were not made to accompany this particular Buddha, which is carved from a different type of marble, the three sculptures are of the same age, are carved in a similar style unique to the Northern Qi dynasty, and would have originally formed the flanking bodhisattvas of a triad centered on the Buddha. We have displayed them together so you can see how a typical triad of icons might have appeared in a Chinese temple of this period.

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Title
Standing bodhisattva, one of a pair
Role
Artist
Dimension
27 in. (68.58 cm)
Accession Number
42.4.1
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Standing Bodhisattva of white marble, arms broken off below shoulder. The figure wears a narrow scarf, barely defined, and a skirt girdled at the waist, its upper edge finished with a curling line. Jewelled necklace and long chains. High headdress. Feet missing, head restored at throat where formerly broken off.