Monk

A work made of limestone with traces of polychromy.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of limestone with traces of polychromy.

Date:

Sui Dynasty (589–618 A.D.)

Artist:

China

About this artwork

Expressing serene dignity, these youthful monks stand erect, their eyes downcast and hands firmly joined in reverent prayer. Their long earlobes allude to earrings that were worn by the Buddha as a young Indian prince and to his rejection of material wealth. Characteristic of Sui dynasty sculpture, the monks’ sharply defined facial features and the folds of their robes enhance the figures’ flat, understated modeling. Each of their robes was originally painted with rectangles of different colors, signifying the patchwork mantle worn by the Buddha and by pious monks who emulated his humble values. Only shadowy traces of these pigments are now evident.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 101

Title

Monk

Origin

China

Date

589 AD–618 AD

Medium

Limestone with traces of polychromy

Dimensions

H. (without base) 35 in.; h. (with base) 42 1/2 in.; diam. 9 1/4 in.

Credit Line

Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1932.223

Extended information about this artwork

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