Head of a Buddha

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    ca. 700
  • Geography

    Probably Longmen caves, Probably Henan province, China
  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 76.2 cm (30 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Carved head exists as a fragment with the back cut away and broken at the neck. Hair sits low on the forhead and has snail-shell shaped pattern. Proper left ear missing and proper right ear mostly gone. Downcast eyes, corpulent face with full cheeks and pursed mouth.
  • Provenance

    ? - to 1965
    J.T. Tai & Co., New York, NY [1]
    Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987), New York, NY, purchased from J.T. Tai & Co., New York, NY [2]
    The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, purchased from J.T. Tai & Co., New York, NY [3]
    From 1987
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation
    [1] The dealer number is YT 4498. See invoice from J.T. Tai & Co., dated March 24, 1965, copy in object file.
    [2] Dr. Arthur M. Sackler purchased this object from J.T. Tai & Co. in March 1965. He donated the object to the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation in December 1977.
    [3] See the paper documentation from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Pavilions and Immortal Mountains: Chinese Decorative Art and Paintings (September 28, 1987 to February 28, 1988)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    J. T. Tai & Co. (established in 1950)
    Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987)
    Arthur M. Sackler Foundation (founded 1965)
  • Origin

    Probably Longmen caves, Probably Henan province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation
  • Type

  • On View

    Sackler: Level 2 Staircase Corridor
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