Hindu mythology, £8.99
Height: 22.500 cm
Brooke Sewell Fund
Asia OA 1968.5-21.1
Room 33: Asia
Ivory bodhisattva with attendants in a wooden shrine
From Kashmir, India, 8th century AD
Ivory is a material commonly associated with the Indian world. Unfortunately, as an organic material, few early examples survive. However, a small group from Kashmir dated to the mid-eighth century survived in Buddhist monasteries in the higher reaches of the Himalayas.
one of the most important pieces, shows a finely executed
Apart from the fine detailing of this small sculpture, traces of pigment show that it was originally brightly painted. The wooden shrine in which the image is set, with its cusped arches supported by decorative columns and crowned by triangular pediments, is a fascinating record of contemporary architectural forms.
W. Zwalf (ed.), Buddhism: art and faith (London, The British Museum Press, 1985)