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    • Marble head of a monk
    • Marble head of a monk
    Marble head of a monk

    Chinese Sculpture c.500 - 1500

    15 October - 15 November, 2014

    This exhibition features twenty-two masterpieces of Chinese sculpture in stone, marble, gilt bronze and wood.

    Marble head of a monk

    Liao period, 907 - 1125

    Such large and realistic portrait carvings of monks’ heads are rare. This marble sculpture probably represents Buddha’s youngest disciple, Ananda, whose name means ‘Bliss’. Born into the same clan, Ananda was a cousin of Buddha’s who acted as his devoted personal attendant for twenty-five years and was famous for his remarkable powers of recall.

    Height: 33.5cm