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Stela

Object Number:
C284
Current Location:
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Hebei
Dingzhou
Period:
Wei Dynasty
Date Made:
516
Early Date:
516
Late Date:
516
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Stone
Pigment
Gilding
Technique:
Carved
Inscribed
Painted
Gilded
Iconography:
Maitreya Buddha
Sakyamuni
Prabhutaratna
Description:
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. 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).
Credit Line:
Purchased from C. T. Loo

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968)
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Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)
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Bibliography:

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