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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.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts



10th C–11th C


limestone & paint


H 58.4 x W (?) x D (?) cm

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purchased from the United Aid to China Fund, 1943

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