Artwork of the Week: April 4

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Chinese, Northern Song Dynasty (960–1279), from Cisheng Temple, Wen Xian, Bodhisattva. Wall painting, 10th century. 66 3/4 x 32 3/4 in. Gift of C. T. Loo, 1951.365. Gallery 29A

Chinese, Northern Song Dynasty (960–1279), from Cisheng Temple, Wen Xian, Bodhisattva. Wall painting, 10th century. 66 3/4 x 32 3/4 in. Gift of C. T. Loo, 1951.365. Gallery 29A

Buddhist imagery from India influenced this wall painting, which came from a Buddhist temple near the border of Henan and Shanxi Provinces in China. A Bodhisattva is a divine being of great mercy and compassion who works for the welfare of all living creatures and is destined to become a Buddha (“Enlightened One”). This Bodhisattva is shown as serene and graceful, with a gently swaying form and downturned eyes, offering a platter of food.


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  1. […] Thus ends the saga of the Chinese temple wall painting at Cranbrook as we do not know its whereabouts today. Other temple paintings can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Princeton University Art Museum, and the Toledo Museum of Art. […]


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