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Pensive Bodhisattva

Period:
Three Kingdoms period (57 B.C.–A.D. 668)
Date:
mid-7th century
Culture:
Korea
Medium:
Gilt bronze
Dimensions:
H. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm); W. 4 in. (10.2 cm); D. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Walter and Leonore Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation Gift, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.222
  • Description

    Images of the pensive bodhisattva were produced throughout Asia. In Korea, the type emerged as an important Buddhist icon during the sixth and seventh centuries, particularly in the kingdoms of Baekje and Silla. This seated figure is among the best preserved and most spectacular. It is infused with a subtle yet palpable energy that is articulated in details such as the pliant and lifelike fingers and toes. The deity’s braided hair has a dramatic linear pattern. His crown is topped with an orb-and-crescent motif, indicating Central Asian influence.

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