Head of a Bodhisattva

Historical period(s)
3rd-5th century
Stucco with traces of pigment
H x W x D: 53 x 36.8 x 33.6 cm (20 7/8 x 14 1/2 x 13 1/4 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


Afghanistan, bodhisattva, Buddhism

About 1969-?
J. T. Tai & Company, New York, NY, method of acquisition unknown [1]

By 1982-1987
Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987), purchased from J. T. Tai & Company [2]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler [3]

[1] See Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Gift Inventory, number S-483, where “YT-5372 (1-15-1969)” is listed as a dealer number.

[2] See note 1, Peter Marks evaluated the object in 1982.

[3] Pursuant to the agreement between Arthur M. Sackler and the Smithsonian Institution, dated July 28, 1982, legal title of the donated objects was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on September 11, 1987.

Research completed October 20, 2022

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987
J.T. Tai & Co. established in 1950

Published References
  • Donald S. Lopez Jr, Rebecca Bloom. Hyecho's Journey: The World of Buddhism. Chicago, December 2017. p. 188, fig. 21.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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