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Boddhisattva
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The object is an ancient and valuable sculpture of Vietnam. It represents the Buddhist art of the 16th century. The sculpture has a strong, simple composition with sensible, precise decoration. The arms are placed so suitably that they form a rythmical movement with each hand representing a folk dance. This is a concrete demonstration for the creation and skillfulness of the Vietnamese craftsmen of the 16th century.

History of the Object
Acccording to Buddhist books, a Bodhisattva has the power of helping and saving men in need. She has 42 arms each holding a powerful tool to act and deal with human desires.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Lacquered wood 
Measurements
Height 315 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown Vietnamese craftsman 
Creator date
16th century 
Where it was made
Vietnam; The North of Vietnam 
Geography
Vietnam 
Time period
AD 16th century ~ AD 16th century 
Creation date
16th Century 
Function
worship 
Acquisition
Before 1965, the object was kept at the Hoi Ha Pagoda in Vinh Phuc Province, Vietnam. Due to the war, the Ministry of Culture and Information proposed that the local authorities move the object to the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum for preservation and exhibition. The statute was first presented to the public in June 1965. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Vietnam Fine Arts Museum 
Museum
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum 
Credit line
 

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