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Bodhisattva
NMA Object 5
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is a gilded clay statue of Bodhisattva from Tepe Maranjan site featuring excellent characteristics of Gandhara Art. The object was broken in 2001 by the Taliban and restored by the Museum conservators in its original shape as it was before destruction.

History of the Object
This is a clay representation of a seated Bodhisattva in dhyana mudra. It is bare chested, wearing two necklaces, a folded skirt, and a cloth wrapped around his shoulder. His head is adorned with an elaborate turban. There remain traces of red and black paint.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Unbaked clay 
Measurements
Height; 110 cm, Width; 92 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Kabul 
Geography
Afghanistan 
Time period
AD 4th century ~ AD 7th century 
Creation date
300 CE-600 CE, Kushan period 
Function
Religious purpose 
Acquisition
Excavated from Tepe Maranjan site in province of Kabul, by AIA(Afghanistan Institute of Archaeology) and DAFA 
Copyright
National Museum of Afghanistan  
Acknowledgements
National Museum of Afghanistan  
Owner
National Museum of Afghanistan  
Museum
National Museum of Afghanistan 
Credit line
National Museum of Afghanistan  

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