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    • Sandstone head and shoulders of Buddha
    • Sandstone head and shoulders of Buddha
    Sandstone head and shoulders of Buddha

    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.

    Sandstone head and shoulders of Buddha

    Northern Wei period, mid to late 5th century

    This sandstone head and shoulders of Buddha would have been carved on the high wall of one of the Buddhist cave temples at Yungang in north China, where work began in the mid-fifth century. The distinctive long ears, signifying his princely past, and the cranial bump or ushnisha, identify this sculpture as Buddha.

    Height: 43.3cm; Width: 31.5cm