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  • Limestone carving of an Apsaras

    Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition

    4 November - 30 November, 2010

    Twelve Masterpieces of Chinese Art, of Porcelain, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Stone, from the 10th century BC to the Yongzheng reign (1723-1735).

    Limestone carving of an Apsaras

    Northern Wei period, early 6th century

    This sculpture is of an apsaras, or heavenly being in a lively pose, wearing the floating garments that denote it would have been positioned as 'flying', carved out of the high wall or ceiling of a cave temple.  It was almost certainly carved for one of the Northern Wei Buddhist cave temples at Longmen where work began in the very late fifth century. 

    Height: 54.5cm