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Title

Votive stele of Shakyamuni Buddha flanked by two bodhisattvas

circa 0545

Artists

Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Other Titles
    Buddhist stele
    Standing Shakyamuni Buddha flanked by two Bodhisattvas
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Eastern Wei 534 - 550 Northern dynasties 420 - 589 → China
    Date
    circa 0545
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    limestone
    Dimensions
    61.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1988
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    128.1988
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    ‘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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 7 publications

  • Provenance

    Klaus Naumann, Apr 1988, Tokyo/Japan, purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1988.