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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1880,0709.128

  • Description

    Sculptured slab in limestone ('Palnad marble') carved with a standing image of the Buddha whose face, lower arms, hands and lower legs are today missing but both hands are raised; the right hand was probably in abhaya mudra (gesture of banishing fear) and the left may have held the Buddha's robe. Broken and abraded.

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  • Date

    • 9thC-10thC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 148.6 centimetres
    • Width: 41.9 centimetres
    • Depth: 27 centimetres (base)
  • Bibliography

    • Knox 1992 127 bibliographic details
    • Tripe 1859 25 b bibliographic details
    • Barrett 1954a 45-53, pl.4(b) bibliographic details
    • Fergusson 1873 LXXXVII, 1 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

    • Used at: Amaravati
    • (Asia,South Asia,India,Deccan,Andhra Pradesh,Guntur District,Amaravati)
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1880

  • Acquisition notes

    Acquired as the result of the abolition in 1879 of the India Museum (Exhibition Road, London) and the partition of its contents between the British Museum and The South Kensington Museum (Victoria and Albert Museum).

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1880,0709.128

  • Additional IDs

    • Elliot no 62
    • IM 1876 no 105
Amaravati, figure of a standing Buddha in abhaya mudra 1880.7-9.128 (Knox 127)

Amaravati, figure of a standing Buddha in abhaya mudra 1880.7-9.128 (Knox 127)

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