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Reclining Buddha Temple, Beijing
Place of Origin: China
Date: before 1927
Materials: Tinted photograph
Dimensions: H. 14 1/4 in x W. 18 1/4 in, H. 36.2 cm x W. 46.4 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Photography
Object Number: B60M509
On Display: No

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The large Buddha image—over sixteen feet (nearly five meters) in length—seen in this photograph has given the temple the name by which it is commonly known, Reclining Buddha Temple (Wofo si). The original sandalwood sculpture (600s) was replaced in the 1330s by this bronze one. The Buddha's pose symbolizes his death and his consequent achievement of nirvana. The twelve surrounding smaller figures represent his disciples.

This temple is located outside Beijing, at the foot of the Western Hills.


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Exhibition History: "Photographic Memories" Rotation 2 (Tateuchi Gallery, August 27, 2009 - January 17, 2010)
Label:

The large Buddha image—over sixteen feet (nearly five meters) in length—seen in this photograph has given the temple the name by which it is commonly known, Reclining Buddha Temple (Wofo si). The original sandalwood sculpture (600s) was replaced in the 1330s by this bronze one. The Buddha's pose symbolizes his death and his consequent achievement of nirvana. The twelve surrounding smaller figures represent his disciples.

This temple is located outside Beijing, at the foot of the Western Hills.


Exhibition History: "Photographic Memories" Rotation 2 (Tateuchi Gallery, August 27, 2009 - January 17, 2010)
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