Parinirvana (Extinction of the Buddha) and Attendant
Qiao Bin (Chinese, active 1481–1507)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
H. 11 in. (27.9 cm); W. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); D. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1925
Not on view
According to the inscription on the back and sides of the couch on which the Buddha reclines, this depiction of the ultimate extinction of the historical Buddha was created as a private act of devotion and was originally part of a larger assemblage of figures: "In the sixteenth year of the Hongzhi reign era of the Great Ming dynasty , the chan monk Huitai from Pantingshan, Xiyan, fulfilled his desire and commissioned on sleeping Buddha, one Shakyamuni, one Maitreya, one Kshitigarbha, one Avalokitshvara, and seven lofty monks. Made by Qiao [given name illegible] from Dongguan of our country." Based on other inscribed sculptures of this type, this set can be identified as coming from the Qiao family workshop in Yangcheng, Shanxi Province.
[ Yamanaka & Co. , Beijing, until 1925; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Secular and Sacred: Scholars, Deities, and Immortals in Chinese Art," September 10, 2005–January 8, 2006.