Standing Bodhisattva

  • Excavated from the Fengxiansi Temple Site
  • Tang dynasty
  • Limestone
  • H-48.4
    Longmen Caves Research Institute
Catalogue Entry

Limestone/ Excavated from the Fengxiansi Temple Site, Tang dynasty/
H. 48.4 cm/ Longmen Caves Research Institute
The left arm is bent at the elbow with forearm raised, while the right hand is lowered. The hips are shifted to the left, seemingly as the final element of the "three-bend" pose. These positions are all surmised from the remaining torso, as the figure's head, both forearms, and both legs from the knees down are missing. Locks of hair drape over both shoulders, and the upper body is draped with a scarf that loops up on one side. The chest decoration is made up of garlands of linked round beads which hang from both shoulders and cross in front of the waist. Scarves hang from both shoulders, drape across the hips in two bands, and are thought to have hung from both forearms, although now the ends of these scarves are missing. The style of this figure suggests a date from the end of the 7th century.