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An image of Standing Shakyamuni Buddha flanked by two Bodhisattvas by
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China

Title
Standing Shakyamuni Buddha flanked by two Bodhisattvas
Other titles:
Buddhist stele
Place of origin
China
Period
Eastern Wei 534 - 550Northern dynasties 420 - 589 → China
Year
circa 0545
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
carved limestone
Dimensions

61.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1988
Accession number
128.1988
Location
Not on display
Further information

‘With his right hand raised in the ‘abhaya mudra’ and the left in the ‘varada mudra’, Shakyamuni Buddha stands flanked by the two bodhisattvas, probably Avalokiteshvara and Mahasthamaprapta. Carved in high relief on the halo are celestial musicians and a pair of ‘apsaras’ (celestial beings) that support an image of the seated Buddha, possibly Prabhutaratna, the Buddha of the past, who vowed to be present whenever the Lotus Sutra was invoked. The stele is carved from an exceptionally fine-grained limestone similar to that used in a large group of recently discovered 6th-century Buddhist sculptures from the Qingzhou region of Shangdong province. The quality of the stone allowed for a high degree of refinement and meticulous detail in the carving, making this an especially fine and beautiful example of early Chinese Buddhist art.’

‘The Asian Collections: Art Gallery of New South Wales’. pg.92
© 2003 Trustees, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Bibliography (7)

Edmund Capon, Look, 'Standing Buddha', pg. 9, Heidelberg, Oct 1998, 9 (colour illus.).

Steve Meacham, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Object of desire', pg. 24, Sydney, 08 Jan 2007, 24 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, The Art Gallery of New South Wales Collections, 'Asian Art - India, South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea, Japan', pg. 173-228, Sydney, 1994, 191 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, China 'Buddhist Art', Sydney, 2003, 92, 93 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), Buddha: Radiant awakening, Sydney, 2001, 159 (colour illus.), 188. cat.no. 117

Jackie Menzies, Asian Collection Handbook, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Introduction', pg. 9-17, Sydney, 1990, 12 (colour illus.).

LIU Yang, Orientations, 'The Discovery of Mass: A Footnote to the Stylistic and Iconographic Innovation in Chinese Buddhist Sculpture', pg. 88-95, Hong Kong, Sep 2000, 89 (colour illus.). fig.2

Exhibition history (2)

Buddhist Art from the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 May 1995–10 Sep 1995

Buddha: Radiant awakening, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Nov 2001–24 Feb 2002