University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 38-32-3
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: North China
Period: Sui Dynasty
Date Made: 575-600
Early Date: 575
Late Date: 600
Section:Asian
Materials:Bronze
Iconography:Dashizhi
Lotus Bud
Pearl
Mahasthamaprapta
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo; Subscription of A. Felix du Pont, 1938

Description

Bronze figure of Dashizhi (Sanskrit: Mahasthamaprapta), a bodhisattva belonging to the retinue of the Amitabha Buddha, standing on a low lotus pedestal. Right hand raised holding lotus bud. Left hand hanging and holding an object which may be a leaf or the precious pearl. Sacred pearl in center of headdress. Elaborate scarves and drapery. Halo missing.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)View Objects in Exhibition
Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 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. 42, Fig. 35View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1939. Amitabha Altar Group. The University Museum Bulletin. 7 (3) : Page/Fig./Plate: 2-9, pls. 1-6, fig. 1.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1939. Chinese Art at the University Museum. Parnassus. 11 (1) : Page/Fig./Plate: 7-11.View Objects cited in this Publication
[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. 279View Objects cited in this Publication

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