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Votive Stele

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Made in Shanxi Province, China, Asia

Early 6th century

Sandstone with incised and relief decoration

27 15/16 × 14 9/16 × 6 1/4 inches (71 × 37 × 15.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 333, Asian Art, third floor (Rome Gallery)

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Credit Line:
Purchased with the John T. Morris Fund, 1927

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Three standing Bodhisattvas appear on the front of this stele. Between them, tall lotus flowers holding small children symbolize the rebirth of souls in the Buddhist paradise. The names of donors are inscribed onto the lower sides and back.

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