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Portable Buddhist Shrine
Anonymous (China)Unknown author
Portable Buddhist Shrine
English: This is a portable shrine of the type that played a role in the transmission of Buddhism from Central Asia to China, and from China to Korea and Japan. Carved out of a single piece of wood somewhere in China, it may have been subsequently carried to Japan. Most of the figures can be identified, but it is not customary to show them all together. The historical Buddha Sakyamuni is shown preaching the Lotus Sutra, one of the Mahayana Buddhist texts. He is flanked by his chief disciples and by donors. Above, Buddha from the distant past appears, and below an orchestra plays. On wings at the top are a pair of Bodhisattvas, Manjusri and Samantabhadra. Below them are the sixteen disciples of Sakyamuni called arhats (the Sanskrit word for a highly realized Buddhist ascetic) or lohan in Chinese.
Date 10th century
date QS:P571,+950-00-00T00:00:00Z/7
~ 10th century
date QS:P571,+950-00-00T00:00:00Z/7
(Song dynasty)
Medium carved wood
Dimensions Open Height: 19 cm (7.5 in); Width: 20.6 cm (8.1 in); Depth: 8.2 cm (3.2 in)
dimensions QS:P2048,19.05U174728;P2049,20.64U174728;P5524,8.26U174728
institution QS:P195,Q210081
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Place of creation China
Object history
Exhibition history Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art. Asia Society, New York. 2010.
Credit line Acquired by Henry Walters, 1920
Inscriptions [Sticker] Y B 1980 (Yamanaka & Co.)
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