This is a stone sculpture of the head of a
Bodhisattva. Peacefully gazing downwards,
the figure has a serene facial expression,
radiating an approachable and amiable
aura. Although the torso of the sculpture is
missing we can postulate that it is originally
in standing form, derived from its facial
expression and downcast eyes.
The extensively decorated crown depicts
three Buddhas and five halos, possibly
indicating the temporal and spatial tri-
Buddhas, positioning the present Buddha
Shakyamuni (Vairocana) at the centre.
Hints of red suggests previous gilding of
ferrous mineral paint, while traces of gold
shows that the flesh parts were painted
with gold. It is a showcase of splendid
craftsmanship, which achieves a sense of
three-dimensional perspective through
intelligent carving, emphasizing the
differences between background and
The figure's facial features are still largely
influenced by Northern Dynasties style, as
reflected by its concentrated distribution.
However, the practice of applying gold paint
is prominent for Sui figures.