A Chinese Northern Wei Buddhist polychrome grey pottery tile, featuring the depiction of a Bodhisattva on one side. The figure is portrayed wearing colourful robes, and with facial features finely rendered trough black and red paint. Much of the original pigmentation still visible.
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.
Date: Circa 386 – 534 AD
Period: Northern Wei Dynasry
Provenance: From a Western Country Collection, 1980’s.