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Carving

Object Number:41-6-1
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Chinese
Buddhist
Provenience: China
Period: Eastern Wei Dynasty (uncertain)
Date Made: c. 548 CE
Early Date: 528
Late Date: 568
Section:Asian
Materials:Limestone
Iconography:Lion
Lotus
Elephant Spirit King
Lion Spirit King
Bird Spirit King
Fish Spirit King
Tree Spirit King
Mountain Spirit King
Credit Line:Purchased from Ton Ying, 1941

Description

Rectangular limestone block. Obverse: Four seated Spirit Kings, the figure at the left has the head covered with an elephant head mask; the next, an animal head mask (the lower part not shown) is pushed up over the forehead; the head of the third figure is concealed by an animal head mask; the fourth holds a curved animal over his head, a figure with an animal head and a fish body. Reverse: two lions guarding the lotus which is suported by two small seated human figures. Each end: two seated Spirit Kings.

Bibliography:

[Article] Bunker, Emmy C. 1964. "The Spirit Kings in Sixth Century Chinese Buddhist Sculpture". Archives of the Chinese Art Society of America. New York. University of Hawai'i Press. Vol. 18. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 30, fig. 11View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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