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Torso of the Buddha, c. 577

China: Northern Qi Dynasty-600
35-1/2 x 13-3/4 in. (90.2 x 34.9 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
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Not on view

Buddhism was introduced into China in the early years of the Common Era, at which time images of its founder, Buddha
Shakyamuni, began to be created. Although headless, this fine torso manifests a strong degree of abstraction and a penchant
for linear rhythm as seen in the folds of the robe.

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