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Statue Base

Pedestal

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Object Number:34-7-1
Current Location: Asia Galleries
Currently On Display
Culture:Chinese
Buddhist
Provenience: China
Shanxi
Li Cheng
Date Made: 6th Century CE
Early Date: 500
Late Date: 599
Section:Asian
Materials:Limestone
Paint
Technique:Low Relief
Painted
Iconography:Vessantara Jataka
Prince Vessantara
Buddha
Buddhist Deity
Lokapala
Dragon
Lion
Height: 23 cm
Length: 90 cm
Width: 57 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo; Randall Morgan Fund, 1934

Description

This carved pedestal of dark grey limestone would have originally supported a statue in the socket at the top. The pedestal depicts scenes from one of the Jataka Tales, stories describing one of many previous incarnations of the Buddha before he was born as Siddhartha Gautama, or Sakyamuni. In this incarnation, the Buddha had been born as Prince Vessantara who gives away his worldly possessions, including an elephant thought to ensure wealth of his kingdom. This unprecedented generosity leads to his eventual attainment of enlightenment. The front panel shows an earth deity accompanied by lokapalas, or guardians. On the left Vessantara gives away his last belongings, including his cart. He says goodbye to his children on the right side, with his wife shown detained by deities in the form of wild animals so that she will not witneess Vessantara parting from their children. The back panel depicts Vessantara's two children now as servants in the hills.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

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

Bibliography:

[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: Page 24, Fig.19View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Fernald, Helen E. 1934. "An Early Chinese Sculpture". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 5. no. 2. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 48-53, pls.7, 8.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Siren, Osvald. 1928. "An Exhibition of Early Chinese Sculptures - I". The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs. London. Vol. 53. no. 306. pg. 127-129+132-135 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 127-134, pl. 2.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Ferguson, John C. 1919. "Outlines of Chinese Art". Scammon lectures. Chicago. University of Chicago Press. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 114-116.View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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