Northern Wei Brick from a Buddhist Shrine - AM.0248 - For Sale

Northern Wei Brick from a Buddhist Shrine - AM.0248
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The period of the Northern Wei dynasty was crucial to the development of Buddhist art in China. Prior to this there was a heavy reliance on foreign-derived models, especially from India, the birthplace of Buddhism. During the fifth and sixth centuries Chinese artists began to experiment and produced new styles unique to the region. This was made possible because the Northern Wei dynasty lent its support to the Buddhist faith. The cave sites at Yungang and Longmen attest to the flourishing of Buddhist piety and it has been estimated that by the sixth century there were over 30,000 monasteries in Northern China. Multiple images of the Buddha and his attendants were carved in stone, wood and clay.This rectangular brick tile comes from a large group that probably formed the interior wall of a religious foundation or shrine. It is moulded from a dark grey clay that was fired and then painted. Traces of the original red pigment are still visible in the niche. The brick depicts a Buddhist figure standing with his hands clasped together in a gesture of prayer or devotion. A circular mandorla surrounds the head and unusually overlaps the top of the torso. The figure wears an elaborate crown and bracelets around the wrists. The drapery clings to the body in folds but flutters out to the sides of the legs. - (AM.0248)

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