Photo © Courtesy of CAEA, Tianlongshan Caves Project, University of Chicago
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.53.13
Title
Flying Apsaras Holding a Lotus Bud and an Alms Bowl
Classification
Sculpture
Work Type
sculpture, relief
Date
534-550
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China, Shanxi province, Tianlongshan
Period
Eastern Wei, 534-550
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204431
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Sandstone; from Tianlongshan Cave 3, near Taiyuan, Shanxi province
Dimensions
90.5 x 79.2 cm (35 5/8 x 31 3/16 in.)
403 lb.
Provenance
Grenville L. Winthrop, New York (by 1943), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.53.13
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Flying divinity facing proper right with trailing scarves. In his right hand he holds a bowl above his head; his left hand holds a lotus bud at waist level. Low sandstone relief from the ceiling of cave 3 (east panel) at Tianlongshan, Shanxi province.
Publication History

Osvald Sirén, Chinese Sculpture from the Fifth to the Fourteenth Century, E. Benn (London, 1925), Pl. 219

Osvald Sirén, Chinese Sculpture from the Fifth to the Fourteenth Century, E. Benn (London, 1925), p. 59

Tianlongshan Caves Project, website, Center for the Art of East Asia, The University of Chicago, accessed April 7, 2021, https://tls.uchicago.edu/single-sculpture/161

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3D Model: Flying Apsaras Holding a Lotus Bud and an Alms Bowl

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