Collection online

figure

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1880.7

  • Description

    Buddha. A sandstone figure of the Buddha seated with hands displaying the gesture of teaching (dharmacakramudrā), on a throne flanked by lions, vyālas and makaras, and with a prominent halo; the nose broken away.

  • Date

    • 5thC-6thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 1.18 metres
  • Curator's comments

    Zwalf 1985

    The Buddha sits enthroned, instead of in the more usual cross-legged position, and holds his hands in the preaching gesture, associated with the proclamation of doctrine. He is the teacher whether as a wandering monk, as in the earlier tradition, or as in the later, a divine figure preaching advanced doctrines at celestial gatherings. The half-closed eyes are those of withdrawn meditation, but the hands are active to bring his message to the world. The monastic garments typical of the Sārnāth school cling with simplicity to the body; the decorated throne anticipates the crowned and ornamented image which became increasingly common as a symbol of the transcendent Buddha.

    More 

  • Bibliography

    • Griffiths, Revire and Sanyal 2013 (historiography of bhadrāsana type) bibliographic details
    • Zwalf 1985 131 bibliographic details
    • Koezuka (1994) Cat. no. 18 bibliographic details
    • Foucher 1900 fig. 10 bibliographic details
    • Bautze-Picron 2010 p. 25; fig. 28 bibliographic details
    • Pemberton 2002 p. 45 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1985, London, BM, Buddhism: Art and Faith
    1990 20 Oct-9 Dec, Japan, Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.132
    1991 5 Jan-20 Feb, Japan, Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.132
    1991 9 Mar-7 May, Japan, Osaka, National Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.132

  • Condition

    The nose has been lost.

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1880.7

COMPASS Image Caption: Front

COMPASS Image Caption: Front

Image description

Recommend


Feedback

If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: collectiondatabase@britishmuseum.org 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: RRI1288

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 

Supporters

Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help  

Loading...