Northern Wei Buddhist Tile


Grey pottery tile with a depiction of a Bodhisattva on one side: he has typical features, a mandorla behind, and much of the original pigments remain. Back and sides unmodelled. N.B. Price is for each tile (you are welcome to make your choice in the ordering process).

A. Height 32.6 cms, width 16 cms.

B. Height 34 cms, width 16.8 cms.

Date: 386 - 534 AD
Period: Northern Wei Dynasty
Provenance: Ex Hong Kong collection of a gentleman now residing in the UK, 1990's.
Condition: Very fine condition, complete and intact with light earthy accretions in places.
Choice of item A B
Clear selection

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 4800 g
Dimensions cm



Pottery and Porcelain

Gandharan Ideology

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