Skip to main content

Seated Bodhisattva: O.13-1930

An image of Figure

Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Colours in this image

Alternative views

Object information

Titles

Seated Bodhisattva

Maker(s)

Unknown (Sculptor)

Description

Lifesize, 13th-century Sung Dynasty (AD 960-1279) polychrome wooden sculpture of a Bodhisattva seated in the position known as "royal ease". Several wooden elements are missing including the proper right hand and forearm, the proper right foot, the forepart of the proper left foot, the forepart of the proper left first finger and the front edge of the lower garment (centre to proper right). The sculpture has been decorated with several successive campaigns of polychromy (paint and gilding), now very fragmentary and abraded. The eyes are inlaid with polished glass or stones.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1930) by Yamanaka & Co

Dating

Song Dynasty
1200 CE - 1279 1279 CE

Note

Thanks to recent funding from the Museum's Marlay Group, it was possible to undertake technical analysis and conservation of this sculpture. This revealed that it was made in five sections and was painted-over at least five times in the past 800 years.

The Bodhisattva is an enlightened and compassionate being who postponed the Buddhahood to help save others.

Materials used in production

Wood

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.13-1930
Primary reference Number: 77484
External ID: CAM_CCF_O_13_1930
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2020) "Figure" Web page available at: https://collection.beta.fitz.ms/id/object/77484 Accessed: 2022-01-16 10:01:17

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url=https://collection.beta.fitz.ms/id/object/77484|title=Figure|author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2022-01-16 10:01:17|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

<div class="text-center my-3"> <figure class="figure"> <img src="https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/imagestore/aa/aa37/O_13_1930_201706_sjc288_dc2.jpg" alt="Seated Bodhisattva" class="img-fluid" /> <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Seated Bodhisattva</figcaption> </figure> </div>

Please enter your name as you would like to be addressed
Please enter your email address
The object accession number - this is prefilled
Please enter your query with as much detail as possible

More objects and works of art you might like

Figure

Accession Number: MAR.O.298-1912

Figure

Accession Number: O.5-1929

Head

Accession Number: O.3-1917

Seated figure of Hariti

Accession Number: O.1-1898

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...

University of Cambridge Museums logo
Arts Council England Logo
Research England logo
The Technology Partnership logo
Brewin Dolphin Logo