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White Marble Buddhist Votive Stele

Height: 37.6 cm. (14 7/8 in.)

Western Wei dynasty
Dated by inscription to 537 A.D.

Recent provenance: Japan

“Respectfully made on the eleventh day of the fifth lunar month of the bingchen year, the third of the Datong reign-era (537 A.D.), two images made by the Buddhist disciple Zhao Xitan for his deceased mother and father. He presumes to recall those departed spirits and souls who produced a son and led him personally, offering to their compassionate faces the prayer that they ascend into the Three Voids with benefits sufficient for the Great Pool.”

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