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Stele with Maitreya and Attendants

Stele with Maitreya and Attendants

500

Grey limestone

Overall: 94.6 x 54.6 cm (37 1/4 x 21 1/2 in.)

Gift of Severance and Greta Millikin 1959.130

Description

Buddhist statue steles (zaoxiang bei) were commissioned and donated to be set in temples. The making of Buddhist images allowed for personal devotion and accumulation of merits, but the erection of a stele was also an act of piety or gratitude by individual donors. As indicated by the inscription on the reverse side of this stele, it was commissioned in 500 by a monk for his parents, family, and religious teachers.

See also
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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