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.
12.5 x 7.0 x 4.2 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2000
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–28 Feb 2016
Referenced in 2 publications
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