- Gallery Text
Merchants trading in Silk Road goods, South and Central Asian Buddhist proselytizers, and pilgrims who had traveled to India to study Buddhism at its source brought countless paintings, scriptures, and small bronze sculptures to China and Tibet. These later served as the inspirations for works commissioned by local patrons. Few early Chinese and Tibetan bronze sculptures, and even fewer Indian prototypes, survive, as later generations melted them down to make coins, weapons, or new icons. The fine statues on display here may have been objects of devotion that were set in portable shrines, like the Korean example in the case to the right, for worship in lay people’s homes.
- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Votive Plaque with Seated Buddha Shakyamuni, Attendant Bodhisattvas, and Monks
- Work Type
- 581 - 618
- Creation Place: East Asia, China
- Sui dynasty, 581-618
- Persistent Link
Level 1, Room 1610, Buddhist Sculpture, Buddhism and Early East Asian Buddhist Art
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- Physical Descriptions
- Gilt bronze with repoussé designs
- H. 15.2 x W. 15.2 x D. 1.8 cm (6 x 6 x 11/16 in.)
- [Yamanaka & Co., New York, March 1, 1935] sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York (1935-1943), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- Exhibition History
S425a: Chinese Gilt Bronze Sculpture, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 10/20/1985 - 04/30/2008
Re-View: S228-230 Arts of Asia, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/31/2008 - 06/01/2013
32Q: 1610 Buddhist Art I, Harvard Art Museums, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050
- Subjects and Contexts
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