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  • Museum number


  • Description

    Seated Buddha. A bronze figure of the Buddha with traces of gilding, seated in padmāsana with hands held in dharmacakramudrā. Image rivetted to a rectangular moulded base, the latter inscribed.

  • Date

    • 6thC (early)
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 330 millimetres
    • Width: 220 millimetres
    • Depth: 152 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

        Upper tier of base
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        Records that the image is deyadharma of Rajñī Mahādevī, consort of Śrī Harirāja of the Gupta lineage.
      • Inscription Transliteration

        1) deyadharmmoya[ṃ*] guptavaṇṣ-[read: vaṃś-]oditaśrīharirājasya rājñīmahādevyāḥ | yad atra puṇya[ṃ*] tad bhavatu
        2) sarvvasatvānā[ṃ*] mātāpitṛpū[r]vvaṅgama[read: me]na anuttarapadajñānāvāptaye [||*]
      • Inscription Translation

        This is the deyadharma of Mahādevī the queen of Śrī Harirāja born in the Gupta lineage. Whatever merit there is in it, let it be for the attainment of knowledge of the supreme state by all sentient beings, headed by parents [of the queen].
  • Bibliography

    • Smith & Hoey 1895 bibliographic details
    • Sircar 1948-49 bibliographic details
    • Sircar 1959-60 bibliographic details
    • Willis 2014 bibliographic details
    • Zwalf 1985 130 bibliographic details
    • von Schroeder 1981 entry 43D bibliographic details
    • Ashton 1950 no. 197 bibliographic details
    • Koezuka (1994) no. 21 bibliographic details
    • Guy & Willis 2007 no. 97 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    1990 20 Oct-9 Dec, Japan, Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.133
    1991 5 Jan-20 Feb, Japan, Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.133
    1991 9 Mar-7 May, Japan, Osaka, National Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.133
    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
    2007 26 Jul-18 Nov, Spain, Barcelona, CaixaForum, L'Escultura en els Temples Indis. L'Art de Devocio.

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  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Formerly in the collection of William Hoey ICS and, later, Pierre Jeannerat OBE of Radlett, Herts. Credit Line: Purchase funded by the Brooke Sewell Bequest.

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  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Bronze figure of the seated Buddha


COMPASS Title: Bronze figure of the seated Buddha

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