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Collection

An image of Seated Buddha by

Central Java, Java, Indonesia

Title
Seated Buddha
Place of origin
Central JavaJavaIndonesia
Cultural origin
Central Javanese
Year
9th century
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
copper alloy
Dimensions

12.5 x 7.0 x 4.2 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2000
Accession number
1.2000
Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

This seated Buddha with elongated proportions and defined facial features dates to around the 9th century and is stylistically from the Central Javanese period, drawing its influences from Buddhist images produced in Southern India around Amaravati and continuing at Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. Stylistic features which suggest this influence include the slender body and elongated face, the drape of the robe worn in the 'open mode', the subtle modelling of the 'ushnisha' and the characteristic mark of 'urma' at the centre of the forehead.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2000.

Bibliography (2)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 338 (colour illus.).

Pratapaditya Pal, Orientations, 'Sensuous Spirituality: Hindu and Buddhist Art from the Indic Cultural Realm', pg. 80-87, Hong Kong, Sep 2000, 81 (illus.). fig.2