Buddha, Marble, China


Tang dynasty (618–907)
dated 680
H. 21 3/4 in. (55.2 cm); W. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm); D. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Enid A. Haupt, 1997
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: A long inscription is carved into the base of the sculpture giving the date of 680 and other information. It reads: "Da Tang Yonglong nian shieryue yiri, Wuqing cun Liu Yuxian wei wang guocu wengpo jingzao yixang yichu yuan wang ? sheng tianxian fuyen zhigong yuangxi daiqing". Loosely translated :" On the first day , of the twelfth month of the first year of the Yonglong reign of the great Tang (680), a certain Liu Yuxian of Qingcun village, for the benefit of his male and female ancestors respectfully had made one sculpture that (they) could become immortals and (attain?) states of joy and great clarity"
Possibly Hebei Province

Enid A. Haupt , New York (until 1997; donated to MMA)
New York. American Museum of Natural History. "Traveling the Silk Road," November 11, 2009–August 15, 2010.

Singapore. The Museum at Marina Bay Sands. "Traveling the Silk Road," December 20, 2010–April 15, 2011.

Taiwan. National Museum of Natural Science. "Traveling the Silk Road," June 11, 2011–September 11, 2011.

Taiwan. National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. "Traveling the Silk Road," September 29, 2011–January 29, 2012.

Canberra. National Museum of Australia. "Traveling the Silk Road," March 31, 2012–September 1, 2012.