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Object Number:C284
Current Location: China & Japan Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: China
Period: Wei Dynasty
Date Made: 516
Early Date: 516
Late Date: 516
Iconography:Maitreya Buddha
Sakyamuni Buddha
Prabhutaratna Buddha
Inscription Language:Chinese Language
Height: 279.4 cm
Width: 127 cm
Depth: 36 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1917


Stela of Maitreya. Grey limestone painted; face and neck gilded. Life size statue in extremely high relief of Maitreya against a great leaf-shaped aureole with flame border; two small attendant bodhisattva figures. On reverse of aureole are outlined 58 small Buddhist figures each with its name, Sakyamuni and Prabhutaratna, the Twin Buddhas, appear at the top. In the center near the bottom is an inscription giving the date of the dedication by Zhang Qianbai of the village of Shanyang as (516 CE) and the purpose of the erection of the statue which was to expound the Buddhist faith. Inscription on front and sides of base as well. See 2009-11-1 for rubbing of back with commentary by Duanfang, 端方 (1861 - 1911).

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968) View Objects in Exhibition
Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966) View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Steinhardt, Nancy S. 2008. "The Chinese Rotunda". Arts of Asia. 38 (5): 83-95. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 89, Fig. 21View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Wong, Dorothy C. 2001. "Maitreya Buddha Statues at the University of Pennsylvania Museum". Orientations. 32 (2): 24-31. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 28View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Lawton, Thomas. 1991. A Time of Transition: Two Collectors of Chinese Art. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 24, Fig. 19View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[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) Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 28, Fig. 24View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Thesis] Wegner, Max. 1930. Ikonographie des chinesischen Maitreya. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 216-229, T. 30, abb. 11View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] March, Benjamin. 1929. China and Japan in our Museums. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 87View 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. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Plate 149View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Ashton, Leigh. 1924. An Introduction to the Study of Chinese Sculpture. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pl. 16, fig. 2View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Bishop, Carl W. 1918. Recent Accessions of Chinese Sculpture. The Museum Journal. Volume IX (No. 2): 123-147. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pl. 3, pp. 135-146View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Bishop, Carl W. 1918. Two Chinese Bronze Vessels. The Museum Journal. Volume IX (No.2): 99-120. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Plate IIIView Objects related to this Actual Citation

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