Monk at the Moment of Enlightenment

Monk at the Moment of Enlightenment

A Buddhist monk at the moment of enlightenment, when the spirit succeeds in breaking through the constraining barrier of human ignorance.

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This image likely represents a Buddhist monk at the moment of enlightenment, when the spirit succeeds in breaking through the constraining barrier of human ignorance. It is a moment of intense mental struggle and often associated with actual physical pain. The monk's figure is wonderfully dynamic, with a strong twist in the torso and a distinct tension between the two limbs, one thrusting forward, the other pulling back. The legs are crossed but hardly static, pointing in opposite directions. The visual sense of movement is further emphasized by the monk’s bold, flowing garments.

– Josh Yiu, 2011

The Details

Date

Ca. 14th Century
Chinese

Medium

Wood with polychrome decorations

Dimensions

41 x 30 x 22 in. (104.14 x 76.2 x 55.88 cm)