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Object Number:C443
Current Location: Asia Galleries
Currently On Display
Provenience: China
Period: Tang Dynasty
Date Made: 706 CE
Early Date: 706
Late Date: 706
Amida Buddha
Inscription Language:Chinese Language
Height: 246.38 cm
Length: 86.36 cm
Depth: 107.95 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Worch of Paris, 1925
Other Number:Getz 10 - Other Number


Statue of Guanyin made of grey limestone of heroic size standing on a lotus pedestal. The pedestal is supported by a square stone block covered on three sides with inscriptions in which the date corresponding to Decemeber 2, 706 CE is given. The figure is small waisted with a sunken chest and flowing scarves and jewelled chains. There is a tall ushnisa on the head in front of which is seated Amitabha Buddha. There is an urna represented by a small flat disc in relief. The statue has very long ear lobes with heavey earrings. Guanyin (Chinese) or Avalokitesvara (Sanskrit) is the bodhisattva of compassion. He is most easily identified by the seated Buddha in his headdress and typically holds a vase which contains an elixir for immortality. One side of the base bears an inscription carved by the monk Zhengdao.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

China Gallery (22 Feb 2017) View Objects in Exhibition
Chinese Rotunda (1968 - 22 Feb 2017) View Objects in Exhibition
Exhibition of Oriental Art (12 Feb 1916) View Objects in Exhibition


[Catalogue] Nara Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan. 2010. Imperial Envoys to Tang China: Early Japanese Encounters with Continental Culture.. Nara. Nara Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan. Actual CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Steinhardt, Nancy S. 2008. "The Chinese Rotunda". Arts of Asia. Kowloon. Arts of Asia Publications, Ltd. Vol. 38. no. 5. pg. 83-95 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 91, Fig. 25View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[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.. London. E. Benn, Ltd. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 108, Plate 402View 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: No. 10, p. 179View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Bishop, Carl W. 1916. "Notes on Chinese Statuary". The Museum Journal. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. VII. no. No. 3. pg. 152-177 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 167, Figure 167View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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