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Head of Bodhisattva
MT-DW-27
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The head probably belonged to a full figure of Bodhisattva. The sculpture is made very carefully: round face with a double chin and long ears; eyes slightly directed downward; thin marked eyebrows; straight line of a small and flat nose; a subtle smile that intrigues and makes the physiognomy mysterious; hair and a crown on the head are made in a very precise way - every tuft composes a refined hairstyle.

History of the Object
The head of Bodhisattva derived from the Tang Dynasty, when Buddhist sculptures were especially popular, and Buddhism was the predominant religion of the country. The sculptures were characterized by some heaviness and monumentality. They were produced mainly of stone and put in the temples. Some of them could be created directly in a rock, among monastery buildings. There is some possibility that the Bodhisattva’s head from Torun’s collection was at one time part of a full sculpture. However, there is no certainty, from which place this sculpture comes.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Sandstone 
Measurements
40x23x22 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
7th Century - 10th Century; Tang dynasty 618 – 907 
Function
Religious 
Acquisition
This object derived from a large collection of the famous Polish collector, Tadeusz Wierzejski (1892 – 1974). He was a historian of art and an antiquarian. Wierzejski handed down this sculpture to the museum in 1966. 
Copyright
 
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Owner
District Museum, Torun 
Museum
District Museum, Torun 
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