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Object Number:C443
Current Location: China & Japan Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: China
Period: Tang Dynasty
Date Made: 706 AD
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 A. G. Worch, 1925
Other Number:GETZ 10 - Other Number


Stone statue of Guanyin. Grey limestone. Figure of heroic size standing on a lotus pedestal which 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 sunken chest; flowing scarves and jewelled chains; tall ushnisa in front of which is seated Amitabha Buddha; urna represented by small flat disc in relief; 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. A similar statue resides in Yakushi-ji in Nara, Japan.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968) 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: Plate 402View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Getz, John. 1917. The University Museum Section of Oriental Art.. Philadelphia. 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. University of Pennsylvania 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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