Famous Pieces of Artwork

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Statue of Bodhisattva Guanyin

Though the provenance of this sculpture is not known, it is carved in a style consistent with the Tang-era sculpture found at the cave temple complex of Tianlong Shan in Shanxi. Buddhist sculpture from this site and period demonstrate a number of cultural influences, recalling in particular the Buddhist art of Gupta India. The body and garments are created in a manner related to Gupta Statuary, particularly the closely clinging garments draped over a broad-shouldered, narrow-waisted torso. The jewelry adorning the bodhisattva derives from both Indian and Central Asian models, while the facial features and hairstyle are reminders of the cultural legacy inherited from the Sui and Six Dynasty eras.