Description The elaborate jewelry and distinctive hairstyle identify this figure as a bodhisattva, an individual who has achieved Buddhist enlightenment but has yet to enter nirvana. The jewelry is meant to recall the life of Prince Siddhartha, who would become the earthly Buddha during the 6th century BC. This image may represent the Bodhisattva Maitreya who will become the next earthly Buddha. The region where this sculpture was created had fallen under the control of Alexander the Great during his conquest in the 4th century BC, and the sculptors there were greatly influenced by Greco-Roman artistic traditions.
Provenance Walter Shurkin, Albuquerque, 1966; purchased by John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, March 9 1981; given to Walters Art Museum, 2011.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2011
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