Asian Art

Bodhisattva Holding a Flaming Jewel

10th century CE

Gilt bronze

4 1/2 in. (11.5 cm) other (With Stand): 5 5/16 in.(13.5 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection and Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey McCormick, B.A. 1907, Funds
1988.46.1a-b
The flaming jewel held in the figure’s upraised left hand indicates that this sculpture represents either Kshitigarbha, the Bodhisattva of the Earth Matrix (in Chinese, Dizang), or Avalokiteshvara (in Chinese, Guanyin). Both hold such a jewel in several of their many manifestations.
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Five Dynasties period (907–960 c.e.)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view*
Bibliography: 

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 286, ill.

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