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Buddha Child
19801-I
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The statue of the Buddha Child is an image characteristic of Vietnamese plastic arts, but rather rare in the art of other countries.

History of the Object
The sculpture depicts one episode from Buddha’s miraculous birth, when the baby first appeared on earth and took seven steps, pointing his fingers to heaven and earth as a sign that his future teaching will prevail in the whole world. And as the legend goes, a lotus flower grew under the feet of the child with every step he took. It was usually mounted on the lower part of the altar in the frame of a decorative arch from the intertwined bodies of nine dragons.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Wood, lacquer 
Measurements
Carving, gilding 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Vietnam 
Geography
Vietnam 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century 
Function
A sculpture for a temple 
Acquisition
 
Copyright
The State Museum of Oriental Art 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The State Museum of Oriental Art 
Museum
The State Museum of Oriental Art 
Credit line
The State Museum of Oriental Art 

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