University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: C355
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Chinese
Buddhist
Provenience: China
Henan
Period: Eastern Wei Dynasty
Tianping
Date Made: 536 CE
Early Date: 536
Late Date: 536
Section:Asian
Materials:Bronze
Gilt
Technique:Gilded
Iconography:Maitreya
Height: 61cm
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo; Subscription of James B. Ford, 1918
Other NumberSL2914-3 - Other Number

Description

Gilt-bronze statuette of Maitreya. The statue is in typical Northern Wei style, standing with flowing robes and hands adopting the gestures (mudrās) 'fear-not' and 'charity offering'. A fiery aureole with a lotus halo is attached at the back of the figure with a pair of pins. The figure stands on a domed lotus, above a four-legged square base. On two sides of the base is an incised inscription recording the date (equivalent to April 9th, 536 CE) and location of manufacture (in Dingzhou 定州, in modern Henan), together with a list of subscribers.

The item was once in the collection of the late Qing statesman Duanfang 端方.


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] Steinhardt, Nancy S. 2008. "The Chinese Rotunda". Arts of Asia. 38 (5): 83-95. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 88, Fig. 20View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Wong, Dorothy C. 2001. "Maitreya Buddha Statues at the University of Pennsylvania Museum". Orientations. 32 (2): 24-31. : Page/Fig./Plate: 29View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Lawton, Thomas. 1991. A Time of Transition: Two Collectors of Chinese Art. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 24, Fig. 18View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Horne, Lee C. 1985. Introduction to the Collections of The University Museum. : Page/Fig./Plate: 59View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] Lyons, Elizabeth, et al. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition. : Page/Fig./Plate: 54View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] Juliano, Annette L. 1975. Art of the Six Dynasties: Centuries of Change and Innovation.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] Asia House Gallery. 1970. Masterpieces of Asian Art in American Collections II: An Offering of Treasures Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of Asia House Gallery.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Yang, Chia-lo. I-shu ts'ung-pien. Volume 23. : Page/Fig./Plate: last plate.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] Benjamin Rowland. 1963. The Evolution of the Buddha Image.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. 41, Fig. 34View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1939. Chinese Art at the University Museum. Parnassus. 11 (1) : Page/Fig./Plate: 7-11View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] 1939. Pacific cultures, Department of Fine Arts, Division of Pacific Cultures. : Page/Fig./Plate: pl. G, no. 63.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. 266View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1935. The Museum's Loan to Burlington House ( for International Exhibition of Chinese Art held in London 1935-36). The University Museum Bulletin. 6 (1) : Page/Fig./Plate: 17-21, pl.6View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] Royal Academy of Arts. 1935. Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Chinese Art. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 58, No. 793, Pg. 74, 793 (illustration)View Objects cited in this Publication
[Thesis] Wegner, Max. 1930. Ikonographie des chinesischen Maitreya. : Page/Fig./Plate: 216-229View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Siren, Osvald. 1925. Chinese sculpture from the fifth to the fourteenth century; over 900 specimens in stone, bronze, lacquer and wood, principally from northern China. : Page/Fig./Plate: Plate 158View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Bishop, Charles W. 1918. Recent Accessions of Chinese Sculpture. The Museum Journal. Volume IX (No. 2): 123-147. : Page/Fig./Plate: 123-147, fig. 42View Objects cited in this Publication

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