Chinese Song / Yuan Dynasty Buddhist Stone Prayer Tablet (Dharma Wheel)
This stone (marble) panel, described by some as a "prayer tablet", was excavated from a Buddhist site in Yunnan province in the South-West of China and dates to the Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1279), Yuan Dynasty (AD 1279 - 1368) or possibly the early Ming Dynasty. The natural shape of this piece of stone is not flat but a little curved. In its centre is carved a Dharma Wheel (Wheel of Truth or Wheel of Law) comprising eight lotus leaves together with Buddhist prayers in a Sanskrit-type text. On the surface in places are ancient "calcified" deposits.
Measurements: 44 cm x 39 cm (17.25 inches x 15.25 inches). No restoration or repair.
For information: Such panels come from the same location as the Buddhist pottery jars that we have, bearing the same type of script, some of which we have had TL tested with a result of "fired between 600 and 1000 years ago".
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