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Standing Bodhisattva with Human-Figure Necklace

A work made of phyllite.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of phyllite.


Kushan period, 2nd/3rd century


Ancient region of Gandhara

About this artwork

This sculpture of a bodhisattva—probably the future Buddha Maitreya—typifies the Gandharan style, which adopted a Hellenistic idiom apparent in such features as the chiseled musculature of the abdomen and the plush folds of the fabrics draped around the body. He sports an elegant chignon, heavy jewelry, a floral headband, a mustache, and an urna—a whorl of hair between the eyebrows that is one of the special lakshanas (marks) of a Buddha. Bodhisattvas, who entered the pantheon of Mahayana Buddhism around the turn of the first millennium, embarked on the path to enlightenment for the benefit of all humanity.


On View, Gallery 101


Arts of Asia


Standing Bodhisattva with Human-Figure Necklace


Gandhara (Object made in)

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199 CE–300 CE




150.5 × 53.3 × 19 cm (59 1/4 × 21 × 8 in.)

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Gift of Marilynn B. Alsdorf

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