Eastern Wei Dynasty
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.
Purchased from C. T. Loo; Subscription of James B. Ford
Current & Past Exhibitions:
Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)
Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)
[Article] Steinhardt, Nancy S. 2008. "The Chinese Rotunda". Arts of Asia. 38 (5): 83-95. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 88, Fig. 20
[Article] Wong, Dorothy C. 2001. "Maitreya Buddha Statues at the University of Pennsylvania Museum". Orientations. 32 (2): 24-31. : Page/Fig./Plate: 29
[Book] Lawton, Thomas. 1991. A Time of Transition: Two Collectors of Chinese Art. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 24, Fig. 18
[Book] Horne, Lee C. 1985. Introduction to the Collections of The University Museum.
: Page/Fig./Plate: 59
[Catalogue] Lyons, Elizabeth, et al. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition. : Page/Fig./Plate: 54
[Catalogue] Juliano, Annette L. 1975. Art of the Six Dynasties: Centuries of Change and Innovation.
[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.
[Book] Yang, Chia-lo. I-shu ts'ung-pien. Volume 23. : Page/Fig./Plate: last plate.
[Catalogue] Benjamin Rowland. 1963. The Evolution of the Buddha Image.
[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. 34
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1939. Chinese Art at the University Museum. Parnassus. 11 (1) : Page/Fig./Plate: 7-11
[Book] 1939. Pacific cultures, Department of Fine Arts, Division of Pacific Cultures. : Page/Fig./Plate: pl. G, no. 63.
[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. 266
[Article] Fernald, Helen E. 1936. The Sculpture. The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs. 68 (394): 22-30. : Page/Fig./Plate: 27-33, pl. 1 A-B.
[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.6
[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)
[Thesis] Wegner, Max. 1930. Ikonographie des chinesischen Maitreya. : Page/Fig./Plate: 216-229
[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 158
[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. 42
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