Northern Wei Buddhist Tile


Grey pottery tile with a depiction of a Bodhisattva on one side: He has typical features, a mandorla behind him, and much of the original pigments remain. Back and sides unmodelled.

Date: 386 - 534 AD
Period: Northern Wei Dynasty
Condition: Very fine condition.


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.

Weight 4000 g
Dimensions H 33.5 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Gandharan Ideology


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