Fang Xuanling Pedestal

Overall: 66 cm (26 in.)
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In front, the top layer of the pedestal has an abstract curvilinear motif suggesting drapery; the rear is carved with a flower-and-leaf motif.


This double lotus pedestal exhibits the rich, ornate style of early Tang sculpture. It was commissioned by the Duke of Liang, Fang Xuanling (578–648), for the blessing of his second son and daughter-in-law, the Tang imperial princess of Gaoyang. The iconography and inscription suggest that it originally went with a statue, now missing, of Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha, instead of Amitayus.

Today the pedestal is topped with Amitayus, the Buddha of Infinite Life, seated in meditation. Although the pedestal was not made with the statue, the combination is faithful to the original artistic conception.
Fang Xuanling Pedestal

Fang Xuanling Pedestal


China, Tang dynasty (618-907)

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