Seated Buddha

Nepalese
about 7th century


Object Place: Nepal

Dimensions

Approximately 7.6 cm (3 in.)

Accession Number

17.2317

Medium or Technique

Gilt copper

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Sculpture

This small statue represents Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. The Buddha is seated in the cross-legged meditation posture with his hands held in the teaching pose (dharma-cakra-mudra or vyakhyana mudra) in which he symbolically turns the wheel of Buddhist law. The smooth drapery and simple, swelling form of this Buddha link it to the art of north-eastern India during the late Gupta dynasty.

Provenance

By 1916, purchased by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (b. 1887 - d. 1947); 1917, sold by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy to Denman Waldo Ross (b. 1853 - d. 1935), Cambridge, MA; 1917, given by Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA. (Accession date: April 5, 1917)

Credit Line

Ross-Coomaraswamy Collection