Stock Photo: Period: Northern Qi dynasty (550-577); Date: ca. 565-75; Culture: China; Medium: Limestone with pigment; Dimensions: H. 32 in. (81.3 cm); W. 17 1/2 in.

Stock Photo - Period: Northern Qi dynasty (550-577); Date: ca. 565-75; Culture: China; Medium: Limestone with pigment; Dimensions: H. 32 in. (81.3 cm); W. 17 1/2 in. (44.5 cm); approx. D. 12 in. (30 ... .5 cm); Classification: Sculpture; Credit Line: Gift of C. T. Loo, 1951 / This head once belonged to a towering bodhisattva who presided over the entrance to the Central Cave at Northern Xiangtangshan. This site, which consists of only three cave temples with colossal figural sculptures, was once strategically located on the route between the capital at Ye and Jinyang, in Shanxi province. At the beginning of the Northern Qi period, it may have been a place for meditation or other Buddhist activities.; Provenance: Hebei Province (Northern Xiangtangshan, central cave)

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