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Unknown Maker
Pagoda Statue
no date

Pagodas typically have four main architectural components: an underground palace to enshrine holy relics and other precious items, the base which supports the structure, the body which is the section with the most design variation, and the steeple which crowns the structure and helps to stabilize the roof structure, prevent leakage from rain, and provided a nice aesthetic. This pagoda statue was most likely used for interior decoration, as it is very elaborate and delicate and could not withstand outside pressures well. It appears to be made from marble or Chinese river jade, and the smaller details are attached with thin wire. Intricate details are carved into nearly every surface, with a multitude of floral and natural imagery as well as structural features such as roof tiles. Although now disassembled, the components of the statue were initially held together by a thin dowel stuck directly through the center.

 
Unknown Maker
Pagoda Statue
no date
jade ?, wire, wood
Gift of Mrs. D. H. Marshall
M77-365

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