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Object Number:C284
Current Location: China & Japan Gallery
Currently On Display
Culture:Chinese
Buddhist
Provenience: China
Hebei
Dingzhou
Period: Wei Dynasty
Date Made: 516 CE
Early Date: 516
Late Date: 516
Section:Asian
Materials:Stone
Pigment
Gilding
Technique:Carved
Inscribed
Painted
Gilded
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

Description

Life size statue in extremely high relief of Maitreya against a great leaf-shaped aureole with flame border and two small attendant bodhisattva figures. On the reverse of the aureole are outlined fifty eight 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. There is an inscription on the front and sides of the base as well. The statue is made of painted grey limestone with gilding on the face and neck. See 2009-11-1 for a rubbing of the back of the piece with a commentary by Duanfang, 端方 (1861 - 1911) who used to own it.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

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

Bibliography:

[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. 89, Fig. 21View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Wong, Dorothy C. 2001. "Maitreya Buddha Statues at the University of Pennsylvania Museum". Orientations (Hong Kong). Hong Kong. Orientations Magazine Ltd. Vol. 32. no. 2. pg. 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.. Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 24, Fig. 19View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. 1941. "The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 9. no. 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.. New York. American Council, Institute of Pacific Relations. 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.. London. E. Benn, Ltd. 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.. London. E. Benn, Ltd. 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. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. IX. no. No. 2. pg. 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. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. IX. no. No.2. pg. 99-120 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Plate IIIView Objects related to this Actual Citation

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