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Miniature Votive Stupa

Miniature Votive Stupa

435 CE
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

There are trigrams, three horizontal lines, broken or continuous, above each of the eight bodhisattvas in the stupa's lower section.

Description

This sutra pillar, inscribed with a sacred Buddhist text, belongs to a group of miniature stupas (jingta) that were found exclusively in the Gansu corridor, Northwest China. Ranging in date between AD 426–36, some of them bear the names of the lay Buddhist donors who commissioned them. A stupa is an architectural round structure built for the veneration of Buddhist relics. Miniature stupas may have commemorated the visit of a sacred site or represented donations to religious communities and sites.
  • ?-1990
    (Compagnie de la Chine et des Indes, Paris, France, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    1990-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Wilson, J. Keith. "Notable Acquisitions." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 78, no. 3 (1991): 63-147. Reproduced and Mentioned: p. 128 www.jstor.org
    Wilson, J. Keith, and Anne E. Wardwell. "New Objects/New Insights: Cleveland's Recent Chinese Acquisitions." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 81, no. 8 (1994): 270-347. Reproduced: p. 313, 315; Mentioned: pp. 313-20, 347 www.jstor.org
    Perkins, Larry David, Michael J. Bennett, Oleg Grabar, Robin Poynor, Dorothy C. Wong, and Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie. Intimate Rituals and Personal Devotions: Spiritual Art Through the Ages. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, 2000. Mentioned and Reproduced: fig. 24, p. 25, p. 73
    Von Spee, Clarissa. "Art In New Dimensions: Chinese Miniature and Small Objects at the Cleveland Museum of Art." Arts of Asia 52, no. 4 (Winter 2022): 117-121. Mentioned and reproduced: p. 118-119, fig. 6
  • China through the Magnifying Glass: Masterpieces in Miniature and Detail. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (December 11, 2022-February 26, 2023).
    Intimate Rituals and Personal Devotions: Spiritual Art Through the Ages. Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL (organizer) (July 16, 2000-January 14, 2001).
    Asian Autumn: New Objects/New Insights: Cleveland's Recent Chinese Acquisitions. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 18-December 31, 1994).
    Notable Acquisitions. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (June 7-September 15, 1991).
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