Buddhist Stele of the Four-sided stele type with the Thousand-Buddha motif

Historical period(s)
Northern Wei Dynasty, 515-525, probably 521
Sandstone with traces of polychrome pigment
H x W x D: 195.5 x 76.2 x 38.1 cm (76 15/16 x 30 x 15 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Marietta Lutze Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Sculpture, Stone

Buddhist stele

Buddha, Buddhism, China, Northern Wei dynasty (386 - 534), Period of Division (220 - 589)
Provenance research underway.
Published References
  • Kam-ling Tsoi. unpublished student paper. Cambridge, Massachusetts. .
  • Auction catalogue June 13, 1974. New York, June 13, 1974. lot 190.
  • Paths to Perfection, Buddhist Art at the Freer/Sackler. Washington. pp. 32-33.
  • Dorothy C. Wong. Chinese Steles: Pre-Buddhist and Buddhist Use of Symbolic Form. Honolulu. p. 76, fig. 5.3.
  • Sunkyung Kim. Contesting the Lost Land, New Land, and Pure Land: Buddhist Steles of Seventh-Century Korea
    . vol. 59 New York and Honolulu. p. 118, fig. 12.
  • Eva Ingersoll Gatling. A Dated Buddhist Stele of A.D. 461 and Its Connections with Yun Kang and Kanshu Province. Washington and Zurich, 1957. pp. 241-250.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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