Buddhist Stele of the Four-sided stele type with the Thousand-Buddha motif

Historical period(s)
Northern Wei Dynasty, 515-525, probably 521
Sandstone with traces of polychrome pigment
H x W x D: 195.5 x 76.2 x 38.1 cm (76 15/16 x 30 x 15 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Marietta Lutze Sackler
Accession Number
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 22: Encountering the Buddha
Sculpture, Stone

Buddhist stele

Buddha, Buddhism, China, Northern Wei dynasty (386 - 534), Period of Division (220 - 589), WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Cranbrook Academy of Art
George Booth
Parke-Bernet Galleries
Yamanaka and Co.
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987
Dr. Marietta Lutze Sackler born 1919

Published References
  • Kam-ling Tsoi. unpublished student paper. Cambridge, MA. .
  • Auction catalogue June 13, 1974. New York, June 13, 1974. lot 190.
  • Paths to Perfection, Buddhist Art at the Freer/Sackler. Washington, D.C. pp. 32-33.
  • Dorothy C. Wong. Chinese Steles: Pre-Buddhist and Buddhist Use of Symbolic Form. Honolulu. p. 76, fig. 5.3.
  • Sunkyung Kim. Contesting the Lost Land, New Land, and Pure Land: Buddhist Steles of Seventh-Century Korea
    . vol. 59 New York and Honolulu. p. 118, fig. 12.
  • Eva Ingersoll Gatling. A Dated Buddhist Stele of A.D. 461 and Its Connections with Yun Kang and Kanshu Province. Washington and Zurich, 1957. pp. 241-250.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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