Eastern Wei Dynasty
Gilt bronze statuette of Maitreya. Typical of Northern Wei style of short figure in flowing Chinese robes, standing with hands in mudras preaching and free gift; with flame edged aureole and flowered halo on inverted thalmus which rests on four-sided, four-legged base, on which is an inscription giving the date 536 A.D. (April 9th), and a list of subscribers; it also says "for the Temple at the summit of Chung-shan (Middle Mountain) at Ting-chou (Henan Province)."
Purchased from C. T. Loo; subscription of James B. Ford
Current & Past Exhibitions:
Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)
Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)
[Article] Steinhardt, Nancy S. 2008. "The Chinese Rotunda". Arts of Asia. 38 (5): 83-95. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 88, Fig. 20
[Article] Wong, Dorothy C. 2001. "Maitreya Buddha Statues at the University of Pennsylvania Museum". Orientations. 32 (2): 24-31. : Page/Fig./Plate: 29
[Book] Horne, Lee C. 1985. Introduction to the Collections of The University Museum.
: Page/Fig./Plate: 59
[Catalogue] Lyons, Elizabeth and Heather Peters, Chang Ch'eng-mei, Gregory Possehl. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition. : Page/Fig./Plate: 54
[Catalogue] Juliano, Annette L. 1975. Art of the Six Dynasties: Centuries of Change and Innovation.
[Catalogue] Asia House Gallery. 1970. Masterpieces of Asian Art in American Collections II: An Offering of Treasures Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of Asia House Gallery.
[Book] Yang, Chia-lo. I-shu ts'ung-pien. Volume 23. : Page/Fig./Plate: last plate.
[Catalogue] Benjamin Rowland. 1963. The Evolution of the Buddha Image.
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. 1941. The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects. The University Museum Bulletin. 9 (2-3) : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 41, Fig. 34
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. 1939. Chinese Art at the University Museum. Parnassus. 11 (1) : Page/Fig./Plate: 7-11
[Book] 1939. Pacific cultures, Department of Fine Arts, Division of Pacific Cultures. : Page/Fig./Plate: pl. G, no. 63.
[Catalogue] 1938. Chinese bronzes of the Shang (1766-1122 B.C.) through the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618-906) : an exhibition lent by American collectors and museums and shown in gallery D6 from October 19 through November 27. : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 266
[Article] Fernald, Helen E. 1936. The Sculpture. The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs. 68 (394): 22-30. : Page/Fig./Plate: 27-33, pl. 1 A-B.
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. 1935. The Museum's Loan to Burlington House ( for International Exhibition of Chinese Art held in London 1935-36). The University Museum Bulletin. 6 (1) : Page/Fig./Plate: 17-21, pl.6
[Catalogue] Royal Academy of Arts. 1935. Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Chinese Art. : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 793
[Thesis] Wegner, Max. 1930. Ikonographie des chinesischen Maitreya. : Page/Fig./Plate: 216-229
[Book] Siren, Osvald. 1925. Chinese sculpture from the fifth to the fourteenth century; over 900 specimens in stone, bronze, lacquer and wood, principally from northern China. : Page/Fig./Plate: Plate 158
[Article] Bishop, C. W. 1918. Recent Accessions of Chinese Sculpture. The Museum Journal. Volume IX (No. 2): 123-147. : Page/Fig./Plate: 123-147, fig. 42
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