COMPASS Title: Marble figure of the Buddha Amitabha

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1938,0715.1

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COMPASS Title: Marble figure of the Buddha Amitabha

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  • COMPASS Title: Marble figure of the Buddha Amitabha

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  • A massive white marble figure of Amitabha Buddha standing on a lotus base with hands (now lost but originally held in by wooden dowels with iron brackets) in abhaya and varada mudra. Carved in high, sharp relief with a flat back. Traces of red pigmentation on the lower back.

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  • A massive white marble figure of Amitabha Buddha standing on a lotus base with hands (now lost but originally held in by wooden dowels with iron brackets) in abhaya and varada mudra. Carved in high, sharp relief with a flat back. Traces of red pigmentation on the lower back.

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  • A massive white marble figure of Amitabha Buddha standing on a lotus base with hands (now lost but originally held in by wooden dowels with iron brackets) in abhaya and varada mudra. Carved in high, sharp relief with a flat back, the figure has a very solid form and drapery in extremely flat folds, typical of the Sui period. It has been carved as a single mass, almost without articulation; his robes by contrast appear thin and delicate, lying in fine ridges over the smooth planes of the body. Some of the special characteristics of a Buddha are this cranial protuberance, elongated earlobes and a mark in the centre of his forehead. Traces of red pigmentation on the lower back. Inscribed and dated.

    Full: Front

  • A massive white marble figure of Amitabha Buddha standing on a lotus base with hands (now lost but originally held in by wooden dowels with iron brackets) in abhaya and varada mudra. Carved in high, sharp relief with a flat back, the figure has a very solid form and drapery in extremely flat folds, typical of the Sui period. It has been carved as a single mass, almost without articulation; his robes by contrast appear thin and delicate, lying in fine ridges over the smooth planes of the body. Some of the special characteristics of a Buddha are this cranial protuberance, elongated earlobes and a mark in the centre of his forehead. Traces of red pigmentation on the lower back. Inscribed and dated.

    Full: Front

  • A massive white marble figure of Amitabha Buddha standing on a lotus base with hands (now lost but originally held in by wooden dowels with iron brackets) in abhaya and varada mudra. Carved in high, sharp relief with a flat back, the figure has a very solid form and drapery in extremely flat folds, typical of the Sui period. It has been carved as a single mass, almost without articulation; his robes by contrast appear thin and delicate, lying in fine ridges over the smooth planes of the body. Some of the special characteristics of a Buddha are this cranial protuberance, elongated earlobes and a mark in the centre of his forehead. Traces of red pigmentation on the lower back. Inscribed and dated.

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  • North Stairs (King Edward VII Stairs) - Amitabha Buddha, c.1980

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  • A massive figure of Amitābha Buddha standing on a lotus base, made of white marble, with traces of gilding and pigments and a visible joint at the Buddha’s waist. Two hands are missing but the wooden dowels and iron brackets installed at the end of arms to hold the hands remain. Inscribed and dated.

    Detail: Inscription

  • A massive figure of Amitābha Buddha standing on a lotus base, made of white marble, with traces of gilding and pigments and a visible joint at the Buddha’s waist. Two hands are missing but the wooden dowels and iron brackets installed at the end of arms to hold the hands remain. Inscribed and dated.

    Detail: Inscription

  • A massive figure of Amitābha Buddha standing on a lotus base, made of white marble, with traces of gilding and pigments and a visible joint at the Buddha’s waist. Two hands are missing but the wooden dowels and iron brackets installed at the end of arms to hold the hands remain. Inscribed and dated.

    Detail: Inscription

  • A massive figure of Amitābha Buddha standing on a lotus base, made of white marble, with traces of gilding and pigments and a visible joint at the Buddha’s waist. Two hands are missing but the wooden dowels and iron brackets installed at the end of arms to hold the hands remain. Inscribed and dated.

    Detail: Inscription

  • Kate Morais from the Press office looks on

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  • A massive figure of Amitābha Buddha standing on a lotus base, made of white marble, with traces of gilding and pigments and a visible joint at the Buddha’s waist. Two hands are missing but the wooden dowels and iron brackets installed at the end of arms to hold the hands remain. Inscribed and dated.

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  • Stone Conservators (L to R), Tracey Sweek, Tomasina Munden and Amy Drago

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  • Stone Conservators (L to R), Tracey Sweek, Tomasina Munden and Amy Drago admire their recent work

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  • A massive figure of Amitābha Buddha standing on a lotus base, made of white marble, with traces of gilding and pigments and a visible joint at the Buddha’s waist. Two hands are missing but the wooden dowels and iron brackets installed at the end of arms to hold the hands remain. Inscribed and dated.

    Full: Front

  • A massive figure of Amitābha Buddha standing on a lotus base, made of white marble, with traces of gilding and pigments and a visible joint at the Buddha’s waist. Two hands are missing but the wooden dowels and iron brackets installed at the end of arms to hold the hands remain. Inscribed and dated.

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  • A massive figure of Amitābha Buddha standing on a lotus base, made of white marble, with traces of gilding and pigments and a visible joint at the Buddha’s waist. Two hands are missing but the wooden dowels and iron brackets installed at the end of arms to hold the hands remain. Inscribed and dated.

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  • A massive figure of Amitābha Buddha standing on a lotus base, made of white marble, with traces of gilding and pigments and a visible joint at the Buddha’s waist. Two hands are missing but the wooden dowels and iron brackets installed at the end of arms to hold the hands remain. Inscribed and dated.

    3/4: Left

  • Photographer Dudley Hubbard looks on

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  • Includes members of the public

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