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Gathering of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas

Type
Sculpture
Historical period(s)
Northern Qi dynasty, 550-577
Medium
Limestone with traces of pigment
Dimension(s)
120.8 x 340.0 cm
Geography
China, Hebei province, Fengfeng, southern Xiangtangshan, Cave 2
Credit Line
Purchase
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1921.1
Label
The jeweled trees and lush scenery suggest a gathering of Buddhas, bodhisattvas (enlightened beings), and blessed souls, perhaps in one of the four directional Buddhist paradises. Traces of color on the stone hint at the brilliance of the mural, which was originally painted with gold and bright colors.The relief-sculpture mural most likely once decorated a stupa-pillar, or large square shaft, attached to the center of the rear wall of one of the caves at Southern Xiangtangshan, a court-sponsored Buddhist cave-temple created during the Northern Qi dynasty. Several scholars suggest that the mural came from Cave 2 at Southern Xiangtangshan. A related object in the Freer's collection is F1921.2.
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Sculpture, Stone
Keyword(s)
bodhisattva, Buddha, Buddhism, cave, China, halo, lotus, Northern Qi dynasty (550 - 577), relief, temple
Collection(s) Area
Chinese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

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