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Chinese Wei Buddha in Aureole with Attendants

Eastern Wei, 6th century AD

A carved sandstone architectural panel comprising an aureole with flying deva figures to the upper edge, central standing robed Buddha with hands raised in the gesture of reassurance; flanked by two smaller bodhisattva figures in similar pose; mounted on an orb attached to a rectangular base with (later?) inscription to the reverse reading "Made by Xing Changzhen in memory of his two sisters deceased, Eastern Wei Dynasty, (April 22nd 536)". 67 kg total, 87cm including stand (34 1/4"). Fine condition.

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Provenance
Acquired for the ‘Buckingham Collection’ by the late Nik Douglas (1944-2012), renowned author, curator and Asian art expert; the collection formed from the early 1960s to early 1970s; much of the collection was displayed at the major exhibition ‘The Buddha Image: Out of Uddiyana’, Tibet House, 22 West 15th Street, New York, 16 September-20 October 2010, extended to 16 November and again to 7 January 2011; where the collection of one hundred pieces was publicly valued at US$ 15M; this piece was scheduled to be included in an exhibition entitled ‘On the Silk Route; Birth of The Buddha’, to be held in London from November 2012, but sadly his death prevented this; accompanied by copies of several press releases and articles for the exhibition, including Artnet News, This Week in New York, Huffpost, Buddhist Art News, and a scholarly note TL 5284 by Dr Ronald Bonewitz.