Ancient Chinese Buddhist Stone Prayer Tablet - Song / Yuan Dynasty
This stone panel, sometimes described 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. It is one of several that we bought a few years ago to compliment our collection of Yunnan Buddhist pottery, that we have not previously offered for sale.
It is carved with two central standing figures, male and female; note the robes and hear coverings they wear, and that they are smiling! In addition, there are Sanskrit-type characters, some large, some small, the Buddhist script of the time, that are believed to be prayers. Along the bottom are what appear to be three zodiac animals.
Measurements: 40 cm x 36 cm (15.75 inches x 14 inches). Weight 8.55 kg (18.8 lbs). There is surface wear and calcium-type deposits in places. There is no repair or restoration.
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For information: these stone panels come from the same general area 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".
Very little has been published on these Buddhist finds from Yunnan province, but the 2002 publication "Dali Dafengle" (in Chinese) is a good reference source (ISBN 7541616281).
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