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Head of Bodhisattva
M.C. 2003-1
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This Buddhist sculpture is characteristic of the beginning of the Tang Dynasty. It differs from the strong geometric style of the Sui era (581 - 618) and from the "pump" style of the figurines and sculptures of the 8th century. The hair, the semi-circular arches of the eyebrows and the slant eyes can similarly be found in the stuccos of cave 328 at Dunhuang, dated from the reign of Wu Zetian (690 - 705).

History of the Object
Before being bought by the museum, the sculpture was in a western private collection.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Sandstone 
Measurements
Width 18 cm Height 37 cm Length 19,3 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 7th century 
Creation date
7th Century; Tang dynasty (618 - 907) 
Function
The head of Bodhisattva is linked to Buddhism. 
Acquisition
The head was bought by the Musée Cernuschi in 2003. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Musée Cernuschi, Musée des Arts de l'Asie de la Ville de Paris 
Museum
Musée Cernuschi 
Credit line
 

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