An image of Standing Shakyamuni Buddha flanked by two Bodhisattvas

Unknown Artist

Standing Shakyamuni Buddha flanked by two Bodhisattvas

Other titles:
Buddhist stele
Location
Upper Asian gallery
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

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Northern dynasties 420–589, Eastern Wei 534–550
Year
circa 0545
Media
Sculpture
Medium
carved limestone
Dimensions
61.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1988
Accession number
128.1988