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Object Number: C284
Current Location: China 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
Height: 279.4cm
Width: 127cm
Depth: 36cm
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. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 89, Fig. 21View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Wong, Dorothy C. 2001. "Maitreya Buddha Statues at the University of Pennsylvania Museum". Orientations. 32 (2): 24-31. : Page/Fig./Plate: 28View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Lawton, Thomas. 1991. A Time of Transition: Two Collectors of Chinese Art. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 24, Fig. 19View Objects cited in this Publication
[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. 28, Fig. 24View Objects cited in this Publication
[Thesis] Wegner, Max. 1930. Ikonographie des chinesischen Maitreya. : Page/Fig./Plate: 216-229, T. 30, abb. 11View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] March, Benjamin. 1929. China and Japan in our Museums. : Page/Fig./Plate: 87View Objects cited in this Publication
[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 149View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Ashton, Leigh. 1924. An Introduction to the Study of Chinese Sculpture. : Page/Fig./Plate: pl. 16, fig. 2View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Bishop, Charles W. 1918. Recent Accessions of Chinese Sculpture. The Museum Journal. Volume IX (No. 2): 123-147. : Page/Fig./Plate: pl. 3, pp. 135-146View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Bishop, Charles W. 1918. Two Chinese Bronze Vessels. The Museum Journal. Volume IX (No.2): 99-120. : Page/Fig./Plate: Plate IIIView Objects cited in this Publication

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