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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
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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