Commemorative stele

This stele is carved at the centre with an image of Buddha flanked by two bodhisattvas. Names of sponsors are inscribed on both sides of the figural depictions. Such steles were presented as gifts to Buddhist temples as a mark of religious devotion and means of merit-making. In the Northern and Eastern Wei periods, the art of stone Buddhist sculptures flourished. Steles represent a unique format of Buddhist sculptural art developed in China.

Date/Period
Eastern Wei dynasty, 534-550 CE
Region
China
Dimension
Gross measurement: H:21.5 x W:90.5 x D:8 cm
Accession No.
2010-04966
Material
limestone
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Sculpture

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