Limestone with traces of pigment
Overall: 116 x 33 x 25 cm (45 11/16 x 13 x 9 13/16 in.)
Weight: 46 kg (101.41 lbs.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1972.166
The complex of Buddhist cave temples at Xiangtangshan, “Mountain of Echoing Halls,” is a central achievement of the Northern Qi period.
Mahakasyapa, the disciple of Shakyamuni, is presented with closed eyes in an expression of meditative concentration. He is holding a reliquary for the Buddha’s ashes, which symbolize the Buddha entering final spiritual attainment (nirvana) at death. The artistic simplicity exemplifies the spiritual content of this figure.
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