The Seven Buddhas of the Past - 921.21.392_1


The Seven Buddhas of the Past

Medium:Cast bronze with gilding
Geography: China
Date: Early 7th-8th century
Period: Tang Dynasty
5.5 x 7 cm, 0.5 cm
Object number: 921.21.392
Credit Line: The George Crofts Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Matthews Family Court of Chinese Sculpture
DescriptionFinial or image of the Seven Buddhas of the Past - the three right-hand Buddhas remaining, the central and left three Buddhas lost through breakage.  Above a tenon for attachment, a frond-ornamented stem divides into two main branches from which rise seven smaller lotus stems on whose lotus flowers sit meditating small Buddhas, each with leaf-shaped halo.  Back is plain.  Considerable gilding remaining on both back and front.
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