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Standing Buddha. A figure of the Buddha, carved in black schist, standing on a lotus base; the proper right hand is in varadamudrā; the whole is surrounded by a flaming halo. To the proper left of the Buddha is a kneeling figure of Maitreya (the Buddha of the future, worshipping his predecessor). Inscribed.
- Production date
Height: 70 centimetres
Thickness: 14 centimetres
Width: 37 centimetres
- On display (G33/dc58a/s1)
- Exhibition history
1985: Buddhism: Art and Faith (in-house exhibition, British Museum).
2005-06: Included in UK regional tour of the Radiant Buddha: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; Bradford, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery; Leicester, New Walk Museum; Exeter, Royal Albert Memorial Museum (the latter closing 14 Apr 2006).
- The hands of the kneeling figure and anything they might have been carrying or their general posture have been broken away.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- A letter from Bernard Mason (dated 13 March 1983) to Wladimir Zwalf contained a photograph of the BM Sultanganj Buddha with the following inscription on its reverse: "Bought from Mr Allen, Antique Dealer [q.v.] in 1933, Moseley Road, Balsall Heath; later moved to 6 Colonnade Passage off New Street, B'ham.(from G Bernard Mason, 33 Northlands Road, Moseley, Birmingham 13)". Mr Mason may have been the last owner of the Buddha (apart from the dealer) before its sale to the British Museum.
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