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- Object: The Bodhisattva Maitreya
Head from an image of a Bodhisattva, probably Maitreya. The oval face has smooth and delicate transitions. The prominently rounded and slightly uneven eyes have lids with sharp edges and slant upwards towards the ears under distinct curving edges for eyebrows; between the eyebrows is a worn ūrṇā. The small mouth has shaped lips, the chin juts slightly and the ears are long, the one surviving earring with thick rounded hoop.
The headdress consists of tight vertical rows of curls, flat and stylised; over the ears thicker hair curves to fall in long curled strands. On the diadem of two beaded strands are larger barrel-shaped beads, one above the forehead and one at each side. On a low chignon, and secured by strands in the middle, a length of hair forms a large single loop on the proper left above a series of smaller loops ending in a straight line over the diadem, while on the right the strands are pinned back to form a loop before falling onto the diadem in a narrow point.
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Diameter: 13.30 centimetres
Height: 15.20 centimetres
Width: 13.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf 1996:
The flatness and stylized headdress resembles that on 1880.191.
- Not on display
- 1.Light grey schist, broken and chipped.
2.Irregularly broken at neck and with rough edges of backplate or halo.
3.Thin chisel grooves at back.
4.Set on modern limestone base.
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