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Statue Fragment

Object Number:
C64
Current Location:
China Gallery
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Hebei
Xiangtangshan
Period:
Northern Qi
Date Made:
Northern Qi Dynasty
Early Date:
550
Late Date:
577
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Stone
Pigment
Technique:
Carved
Iconography:
Buddha Head
Description:
Stone head of Buddha. Stone with traces of pigment. Hacked from a colossal statue. The long earlobes of the Buddha are a reminder of the heavy earrings that he wore before renouncing material things to seek enlightenment. His rounded cheeks are meant to resemble those of a lion, an animal that is praised for its power and associated with Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha. The ushnisha, or cranial protuberance which may have originally been based on a topknot or turban, is considered a mark of wisdom. The urna, or marking on the forehead, is an all seeing eye. Finally the wavy hair of the Buddha suggests Greco Roman influence a departure from the conventional curls typical of Chinese sculptures at the time.
Height:
51cm
Credit Line:
Gift of A. G. Worch
Other Number:
GETZ 19   -   Other Number

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968)
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Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)
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Exhibition of the Art of the Far East ( Dec 1914)
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Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Tsiang, Katherine R. 2010. Echoes of the past : the Buddhist cave temples of Xiangtangshan. : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 248 fig. 70
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[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1941. The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects. The University Museum Bulletin. 9 (2-3) : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 61
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[Book] Siren, Osvald. 1925. Chinese sculpture from the fifth to the fourteenth century; over 900 specimens in stone, bronze, lacquer and wood, principally from northern China. : Page/Fig./Plate: Plate 467D
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[Catalogue] The University Museum. 1917. Section of Oriental Art. : Page/Fig./Plate: No. 19, p. 183
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[Article] Bishop, Charles W. 1914. Two Sculptured Chinese Heads. The Museum Journal. 5 (3): 136-140. : Page/Fig./Plate: 136-140
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[Catalogue, Exhibition] University of Pennsylvania. 1914. Catalogue of an Exhibition of the Art of the Far East. : Page/Fig./Plate: No. 15
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