Torso of the Buddha

Torso of the Buddha
Place Made:
China: Northern Qi Dynasty
c. 577
35-1/2 x 13-3/4 in. (90.2 x 34.9 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
Not on View

Buddhism was introduced into China in the early years of the Common Era, at which time images of its founder, Buddha
Shakyamuni, began to be created. Although headless, this fine torso manifests a strong degree of abstraction and a penchant
for linear rhythm as seen in the folds of the robe.

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