Torso of Standing Buddha. China, 618-906 AD. Museum no. A 6-1935

Torso of Standing Buddha. China, 618-906 AD. Museum no. A 6-1935

Torso of Standing Buddha
Northern China (Quyang City, Hebei Province)
618-906 AD
Marble
Museum no. A 6-1935

This full-bodied figure once stood in a temple complex. The body has been carved from a single block of stone, and the head and hands, now missing, would have been added later. It can be dated stylistically to the mid-Tang period, when Buddhist figures were sculpted with ample torsos, in contrast to the slimmer style of the previous century. The undulating folds of the robe are skilfully carved, placed at increasing distances to achieve a graceful aesthetic.

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Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee