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Object Number:C144
Current Location: China & Japan Gallery
Currently On Display
Culture:Chinese
Buddhist
Provenience: China
Period: Tang Dynasty
Date Made: ca. 650 ca.
Early Date: 630
Late Date: 670
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
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

Description

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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968) View Objects in Exhibition
Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Article] Jayne, Horace H. 1941. "The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 9. no. 2-3. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Figure 21View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Getz, John. 1916. The University Museum Exhibition of Oriental Art.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 184 no.25View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Bishop, Carl W. 1916. "Two Early Chinese Buddhist Sculptures". The Museum Journal. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. VII. no. No. 4. pg. 245-262 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 245-262, figs. 195-201.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Chavannes, Edouard. 1914. "Six Monuments de la Sculpture Chinoise". Ars Asiatica. Paris. G. Van Oest. Vol. II. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 30-33View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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