|Current Location:||China Gallery|
Currently On Display
|Period:||Northern Qi Dynasty|
|Date Made:||Northern Qi Dynasty|
|Credit Line:||Gift of C. T. Loo, 1928|
Among the niches in this altar frontal that contain images of the Buddha, the scene at the top right is from the Lotus Sutra, a fundemental Mahayana Buddhist text. When this doctorine was preached by Sakyamuni, the Buddha of the present era, to a great assembly of celestial and earthly beings, the relics of Prabhutaratna, the Buddha of the past, arose and Prabhutaratna materialized.
The relief carving also includes an incense burner between two seated lions. The lion as a Buddhist guardian figure has been a common motif in Chinese art since the introduction of Buddhism in China.
Current & Past Exhibitions:
|Chinese Rotunda (1968)||View Objects in Exhibition|
|Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)||View Objects in Exhibition|
|[Catalogue] Tsiang, Katherine R. 2010. Echoes of the past : the Buddhist cave temples of Xiangtangshan. : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 247 fig. 61||View Objects cited in this Publication|
|[Article] Howard, Angela F. 2001. "Reconstructing the Original Location of a Group of Sculptures in the University of Pennsylvania Museum". Orientations. 32 (2): 32-39. : Page/Fig./Plate: 38||View Objects cited in this Publication|
|[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. 59||View Objects cited in this Publication|
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