Statue Base



Location: On Display in the Asia Galleries

From: China

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number C144
Current Location Asia Galleries - On Display
Culture Chinese | Buddhist
Provenience China
Period Tang Dynasty
Date Made ca. 650 ca.
Section Asian
Materials Stone
Technique Inscribed
Iconography Sakyamuni Buddha | Enlightenment | Miracle of Sravasti | Miracle of the Four Begging Bowls | Conversion of Ajnata Kaundinya | Kanthaka | Bodhisattvas | Devarajas | Monks | Wheel Of The Law | Dragons | Phoenix | Ogre | Lotus | Qilin | Taotie
Inscription Language Chinese Language

Quadrangular stone base with top edges bevelled and 19.5" x 7" inch hole at center for stela, now missing. Episodes from the life of the Buddha are engraved on this stela base. Left Panel: The Buddha, born as a prince, leaves the palace to seek understanding of human existence. His horse, Kanthaka, who mourned his master's departure, dies shortly thereafter. Right Panel: After a long ordeal to attain enlightenment, the Buddha is given four bowls for accepting offerings of food after his fast. He magically transforms the four bowls into one. Back Panel: The Buddha gives a sermon to ascetics. They are seated to his left as monks prior to their conversion. To his right the five are shown again, now as bodhisattvas, transformed by the Buddha's words. Front Panel: The Buddha performs miracles to pacify the heretics. The bevelled edges are inscribed with two dragons, a jewel, phoenix, qilin, taotie mask and lotus scrolls.

Height 50.8 cm
Length 85.72 cm
Width 55.25 cm
Credit Line Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1916
Other Number Getz 25 - Other Number

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