Stele with Bodhisattva Maitreya (Mile); reverse with Buddha Vairochana (Pilushena)


Historical period(s)
Northern Zhou dynasty, 557-581
Marble with traces of pigment
H x W x D: 102.4 x 47.2 x 12.8 cm (40 5/16 x 18 9/16 x 5 1/16 in)
China, Probably Shaanxi province
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Freer Gallery 17: Promise of Paradise: Ancient Chinese Buddhist Sculpture
Sculpture, Stone

Buddhist tablet

apsara, bodhi tree, Buddhism, China, dragon, kalasa, lotus, monkey, Period of Division (220 - 589)

To 1911
Ta Ge Shang, Beijing, to 1911 [1]

From 1911 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Ta Ge Shang in 1911 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 309, pg. 76, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Ta Ge Shang (C.L. Freer source)

Published References
  • Osvald Siren. Chinese Sculpture from the Fifth to the Fourteenth Century: Over 900 Specimens in Stone, Bronze, Lacquer and Wood, Principally from Northern China. 4 vols., London. pl. 289b.
  • Dr. Sherman Lee. The Golden Image of the New-Born Buddha. vol. 18, nos.3-4 Washington and Zurich. p. 233.
  • Angela Falco Howard. The Imagery of the Cosmological Buddha. 3 vols. New York. pls. 29, 30.
  • pp. 40-41.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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