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Sakyamuni Emerging from the Mountains
Sakyamuni Emerging from the Mountains

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Sakyamuni Emerging from the Mountains

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“Sakyamuni, the founder of the Buddhist faith, is shown after fasting and meditating for six years in search of enlightenment. This work dates to China's Yuan Dynasty, a period renowned for exceptional realism and exquisite ornamentation. Sakyamuni's meditative pose, bearded face, and bald head are characteristic of the period and combine with Buddha's universal attributes — the monk's robe and forehead bump symbolizing spiritual awakening — to reveal a Buddha of profound peace and insight.”

Graham W. J. Beal, Director, President and CEO

Date
late 13th/early 14th Century
Medium
Wood with lacquer, gilding, and traces of color
Dimensions
11 3/4 x 8 1/8 x 6 1/2 in. ( 29.8 x 20.6 x 16.5 cm)-sight
Department
Asian Art
Classification
Sculpture
Credit
City of Detroit Purchase
Accession No.
29.172
Keywords
lacquer, lacquered, statuette, religion, wood, buddhism
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