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唐 天龍山第21窟 彩繪石雕菩薩頭像(砂岩)
Head of a Bodhisattva

Period:
Tang dynasty (618–907)
Date:
ca. 710
Culture:
China
Medium:
Sandstone with pigment
Dimensions:
H. 15 3/4 in. (40 cm); W. 8 in. (20.3 cm); D. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, 1942
Accession Number:
42.25.12
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 206
This head once belonged to an attendant bodhisattva, which had been carved into the back wall of Cave 21 at Tianlongshan, a small complex consisting of twenty-four cave shrines and a wooden temple. Located about twenty-five miles southwest of Taiyuan, in Shanxi province, Tianlongshan opened in the mid-sixth century and was revived in the early eighth century. The history of the site is recorded on a large stone stele, erected in 706 by a General Xun and his wife, who were visiting the site at that time.
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