Standing Monk Sculpture from The Met Museum


This dignified monk was reproduced from an intriguing bronze figure in The Met collection. The original was made in the late sixth century during the short-lived Sui dynasty (581-618), an influential period when China was unified after four centuries, and Buddhism was fostered by the emperor. The figure, with right hand raised, was probably once part of a larger grouping of images that included a central Buddha. Such figures, either generic images or representations of historical disciples, often accompany a Buddha and his attendant bodhisattvas. Our handsome reproduction was cast from a mold made directly from the original.

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