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China Anonymous, Chinese
Head of the Buddha, 5th - 6th c.
Sandstone
42.86 cm x 25.4 cm x 26.04 cm (16 7/8 in. x 10 in. x 10 1/4 in.)


Object Type: Statuary
Technique: Carving
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Pat Grayson
Accession Number: 77.9.1


Dimensions
The accompaning base measures 4 3/4 x 12 x 12 inches.

Marks
No marks.

Medium
Carved light beige sandstone, with gray paint.

Object Description
The head of a smiling Buddha, carved of light beige sandstone with dark flecks. The Buddha is decorated with a spiral emblem on his forehead, and has a top knot hairstyle. He displays the Buddhist emblems of the Thunderbolt (vajra) and Wheel of the Law. There appears to have been a dot on the forehead, but it is very faint. The hair is painted gray, but very faded. The head is mounted on a wood and plaster base.

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