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Probably a fragment of a full-length statue, this head is crowned with three figures, the central one of which is Buddha, seated on a lotus throne. In Buddhist religion, a Bodhisattva is one who has attained the transcendent wisdom of the Buddha but remains in the world. Motivated by compassion for earthly existence and by a desire to help suffering humanity, they choose not to enter the final Nirvana and, instead, serve as supporters or intermediaries of the Buddha.
10th C–11th C
limestone & paint
H 58.4 x W (?) x D (?) cm
purchased from the United Aid to China Fund, 1943