Chinese Han Dynasty Terracotta Plaque with Buddhist Figures


An Ancient Chinese red terracotta round plaque with the depiction of a Buddhist trio, dating to the Han Dynasty period. The central figure is Buddha, depicted seated on a high rising bench and facing a Bodhisattva on his right, stretching his arm towards him. They both feature high rising headdresses and long robes. A smaller suspended figure is reaching for the Buddha’s head on the left, possibly a depiction of Apsara, a female spirit of the clouds and waters. The three figures, modelled in relief against a plain background, are inserted in a circular frame. The reverse features the imprinted fingertips of the maker.

Date: Circa 202 BC-220 AD
Period: Han Dynasty
Provenance: The C. Roger Moss OBE collection. The late C. Roger Moss OBE was a renowned art collector who, throughout the years, thanks to his determination and enthusiasm, was able to create an outstanding collection of artworks, most prominently from China and the Orient, but also from other cultures. His great love for ancient cultures and study for interesting and unusual artefacts informs his collection.
Condition: Fine, some weathering to surface and details due to ageing.


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In Buddhism, a Bodhisattva is any person who is on the path towards Buddhahood, which is the rank or condition of an “awaken one”, a Buddha. The Buddha, also named Siddhārtha Gautama or Buddha Shakyamuni, was a spiritual teacher and religious leader who lived in India around the 5th- 4th Century BC. He is regarded as the founder of Buddhism and worshipped by most Buddhist schools as the Enlightened One who has transcended Karma and escaped the cycle of birth and rebirth.  His teachings are based on his insight into the duḥkha, usually translated as “suffering”, and the end of dukkha, the state called Nibbāna or Nirvana, which is the ultimate goal of the Buddhist path, the state of non-suffering, as it also marks the end of the Samsara, the indefinite state of rebirth and death into a mundane existence.

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Weight 89.6 g
Dimensions W 8 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Gandharan Ideology