In contrast to early Buddhist art, which consisted mainly of relief sculpture, the art of the Kushan period (first to third century A.D.) saw the development of fully three-dimensional images of Buddhist deities. This fragment represents a bodhisattva, a divine being dedicated to helping other achieve freedom from suffering.
ca. 2nd century
8 x 6 x 7 1/16 in. (20.3 x 15.2 x 18 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
This item is not on view
Head, ca. 2nd century. Red sandstone, 8 x 6 x 7 1/16 in. (20.3 x 15.2 x 18 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.227.32. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.227.32_bw.jpg)
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