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Stele of the buddha Maitreya
Place of Origin: China
Date: dated 687
Historical Period: Tang dynasty (618-906)
Object Name: Stele
Materials: Limestone
Dimensions: H. 38 in x W. 24 1/8 in x D. 7 1/4 in, H. 96.5 cm x W. 61.3 cm x D. 18.4 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: B60S36+
On Display: Yes
Location: Gallery 16

Description

Label: Maitreya, the buddha of the future, is the subject of this stele. He sits on his throne, legs pendant, surrounded by disciples and bodhisattvas. The seven buddhas of the past appear in the halo. Side niches in the bottom register contain portraits of the stele's donors.

More Information

Inscriptions: The inscription refers to the Tang emperor Gaozong (650-683) and his consort, Empress Wu, who had usurped the throne in 685.
Inscription: [In 687] the Buddhist disciple Muqiu Hashen prays for peace [health and happiness?] for all the members of his family. Reverently this image of the buddha Maitreya is [offered for the] purpose that the Heavenly Emperor and the Heavenly Empress control all the myriad states, may deceased parents be incarnated in the Pure Land, and may the deceased souls of the last seven generations be free from sorrows and miseries. The image is worshiped with whole heart by the entire family [including] the elders and young, close and distant [relatives]. [These devotees also include] Mushen's deceased wife, surnamed Sun; his sons Shouzhen, Yuanzhao, Silan, Fengxian; his eldest daughter, second, third, fifth, eighth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth daughters, Zhang Chongyi; and his thirteenth daughter, Yuanzhao's wife, surnamed Zhang.

Label: Maitreya, the buddha of the future, is the subject of this stele. He sits on his throne, legs pendant, surrounded by disciples and bodhisattvas. The seven buddhas of the past appear in the halo. Side niches in the bottom register contain portraits of the stele's donors.
Inscriptions: The inscription refers to the Tang emperor Gaozong (650-683) and his consort, Empress Wu, who had usurped the throne in 685.
Inscription: [In 687] the Buddhist disciple Muqiu Hashen prays for peace [health and happiness?] for all the members of his family. Reverently this image of the buddha Maitreya is [offered for the] purpose that the Heavenly Emperor and the Heavenly Empress control all the myriad states, may deceased parents be incarnated in the Pure Land, and may the deceased souls of the last seven generations be free from sorrows and miseries. The image is worshiped with whole heart by the entire family [including] the elders and young, close and distant [relatives]. [These devotees also include] Mushen's deceased wife, surnamed Sun; his sons Shouzhen, Yuanzhao, Silan, Fengxian; his eldest daughter, second, third, fifth, eighth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth daughters, Zhang Chongyi; and his thirteenth daughter, Yuanzhao's wife, surnamed Zhang.