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An image of Seated Buddha by

Central Java, Java, Indonesia

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

12.5 x 7.0 x 4.2 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2000
Accession number
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

Exhibition history (1)

Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–05 Sep 2015