Rare example of early Chinese Buddhist art from the Northern Qi Dynasty, 550-577CE. This is a stone frieze fragment depicting a seated Buddha with one hand resting palm down and the other the palm out. The lowered “palm out- fingers down” mudra is a significant key to identifying this piece as it was a quite common iconographical feature during the Northern Dynasties but less so during the Tang. He is seated on a wide petaled lotus supported by a pillar/stem and flanked by a standing attendant. The faces on the both Buddha and attendant have both been obliterated- probably during the Cultural Revolution. I have had this piece for over 25 years. The last enlargement is an example from the Longmen Caves in Shaanxi. H: 25cm/9.9in and W: 18cm/7in and thickness 12cm/4.8in. Weight: (according to my bathroom scale) approximately 12kg/23lbs. sending by surface mail although painfully slow, will reduce shipping costs by about half.