Chinese Northern Wei Dynasty Buddha Terracotta 386-534 A.D.
Size: High 33.5, weight 4,1kg
A rectangular ceramic brick with rectangular recess featuring a seated nimbate Buddha figure in high-relief, hands in the Abhaya mudra of reassurance; green, orange, red and black pigment remaining.
Object history: Ex England Auction House, previously acquired 1980s-1990s. London, UK, collection.
Object literature: The Northern Wei was a Chinese dynasty which ruled Northern China from 386 to 534 AD. The Northern Wei dynasty is particularly noted for unifying Northern China in 439; this was also a period when foreign ideas were being introduced, such as Buddhism, which became firmly established. Northern Wei sculpture, represents the first major Buddhist influence on Chinese art.