Standing Bodhisattva (Translation)
北齊 石雕菩薩立像 (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

Educational
ca. 550 - 559
Chinese
Limestone
China
Overall: 67 × 16 1/2 × 11 in. (170.18 × 41.91 × 27.94 cm)
56.9.2
Carved out of one piece of stone, this bodhisattva stands barefooted on a base and wears a long gown, ornate jewelry, and a large rosette-shaped crown. The rounded, solid form and the solemn facial expression convey the deity's grace and compassion, and mark an artistic departure from the foreign influence of India and Central Asia toward a new, distinguished Chinese style.

This statue comes from Xiangtangshan (Mountains of Resounding Halls), a Buddhist cave complex built on a hillside near Handan in Hebei province, and is one of the earliest Buddhist statues built in this complex. Its construction was funded by Emperor Gao Yang of the Northern Qi dynasty.
Northern Qi dynasty (550–577)
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
"Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples at Xiangtangshan," Smart Museum at the University of Chicago, September 30, 2010 - January 16, 2011; (work was not displayed at Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, but was stored there); Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, September 10, 2011 - January 1, 2012; and San Diego Museum of Art; January 28 - April 8, 2012.
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