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Bodhisattva
M.C. 6332
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The Henri Cernuschi is wearing a long tunic with the lines following the curves of the body. The base is surrounded by a range of palmettes. These western elements are similar to the sculptures of the first period of the caves of Yungang. This was a Buddhist sanctuary created after 460 by Wenchengdi, king of the Northern Wei Dynasty (386 - 534), in expiation of the persecution organized against Buddhism (444 - 449) by the previous ruler.

History of the Object
The Bodhisattva probably comes from the cave 15 A of the sanctuary of Yungang.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Sandstone 
Measurements
Width 46 cm Height 130 cm Length 57 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Yungang, cave 15 A, Shanxi Province 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 5th century ~ AD 5th century 
Creation date
5th Century; c. 470 
Function
The Bodhisattva was probably one of the sculptures ornamenting the Buddhist sanctuary of Yungang. 
Acquisition
The Bodhisattva was given to the Musée Cernuschi by Léon Wannieck in 1922. 
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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