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A standing figure of the Buddha, left hand and left foot lost. The small uṣṇīṣa crowns an oval head. The robe is worn close to the body with the right shoulder bare and a broad sweep of cloth below the broken left arm: the large right hand makes the gesture of giving varadamudrā. Cast in a copper alloy. Cracked across the chest and on the back of the neck.
- Production date
Height: 38 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Conservation states that this object must not travel again after 2007.
The small ‘uṣṇīṣa’ elegantly crowns an oval head with a mannered hairline and curvature of the ears. The smooth robe is worn close to the body with the right shoulder bare and a broad sweep of cloth below the broken left arm: the right hand is expressively large and makes the gesture of giving. Several styles developed under the eastern Cāḷukya dynasty (c. AD 630-1078) in Āndhra Pradesh, and this example represents a fusion of northern influences of Gupta origin with traditions of the Deccan. The elongation, softness and delicacy of this bronze mark the beginning of the early medieval period.
- On display (G33/dc52a/s1)
- Exhibition history
-Buddhism: Art and Faith (BM 1985)
1994, Kyoto National Museum, Masterpieces of Buddhist and Hindu Sculpture from the British Museum
1994, Tokyo, Tobu Museum of Art, Masterpieces of Buddhist and Hindu Sculpture from the British Museum
1997 13 Oct-1998 5 Jan, India, New Delhi, National Museum, The Enduring Image
1998 9 Feb-3 May, India, Mumbai, Sir Caswasjee Jahangir Hall, The Enduring Image
2005 11 Apr-10 Jul, Seoul Arts Centre, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2005 25 Jul-8 Oct, Busan Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2005 27 Oct-2006 31 Jan, Haengso Museum, Keimyung University, Daegu, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2006 18 Mar-4 Jun, Beijing, Capital Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2007 3 Feb-27 May, Taipei, National Palace Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
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