Ancient Chinese Ceramic Buddha Bricks


A selection of two Ancient Chinese ceramic bricks with relief images of Buddha, one seated and one standing. They both date to the Northern Wei period, have a rectangular form, and an undecorated reverse. Details of the reliefs are still clearly legible, including the facial features of both figures.


Date: AD 386-534
Period: Northern Wei
Provenance: Ex London UK Private Collection, 1990's
Condition: Fine condition, encrustation covers the surface.
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The Northern Wei reform contributed greatly to an amalgamation of art and culture in sixth-century China. This was manifested in painting, calligraphy, the funerary and decorative arts, and in the style of the cave-temples at Longmen in Henan Province. It was during the Northern Wei Dynasty that Buddhism was introduced to China – an introduction which rooted itself firmly in the cultural fabric of China. Over 30,000 Buddhist images dating from the Northern Wei Dynasty have been found to date.

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Pottery and Porcelain


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