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Wei Asian Arts

Standing Bodhisattva
China
Tang Dynasty (618 – 906)
Limestone
H: 58 cm (22.8 in)

The torso is carved in sinuous tribhanga with the right hip thrust slightly to one side and the legs standing closely together wrapped in the looping folds of the dhoti skirt. The bare torso is adorned with a pectoral of foliate scrolls, on the shoulders stylized triple-flared flattened tabs of 'hair' and armlets. A pair of thin beaded strands of jewels intersect at a large bulging rosette at the navel before looping against the thighs.

The presence of jewellery tells us that this is a representation of a Bodhisattva rather than the Buddha who having given up its worldly possessions is generally represented soberly dressed.

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