Tablet with 153 Buddhas - 918.21.27_2


Tablet with 153 Buddhas

Medium:Lacquered bronze
Geography: China
Date: early 12th-mid 13th Century
Period: Jin Dynasty
25 x 22 x 1 cm
Object number: 918.21.27
Credit Line: The George Crofts Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Matthews Family Court of Chinese Sculpture
DescriptionThe historical Buddha, Śākyamuni, rules over this world and this era. In Buddhist thinking, there are countless other Buddhas who rule over countless other worlds in the past, present, and future. They are "as numerous as the number of grains of sand in the Ganges River". Images of many identical Buddhas, sometimes numbering as many as a thousand, illustrate this concept.
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