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Collection

An image of Seated Buddha by

Polonnaruva, Sri Lanka

Title
Seated Buddha
Place of origin
PolonnaruvaSri Lanka
Year
14th century
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
copper alloy with gilding
Dimensions

11.0 x 8.0 x 4.0 cm object; 11.7 x 9.0 x 5.2 cm object with stand

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
29.2000
Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

This seated meditating Buddha is shown in 'virasana', a 'half-lotus pose', in a style typical of the Sri Lankan Buddha image. The rounded face with a rather short neck is framed by a neat helmet of tight curls crowned with a distinctive 'ushnisha' in the shape of a flame set with a jewel (now missing). The shoulders of this Buddha are broad and the body is firm and strong. He is clothed in a simple, smooth robe worn in what is known as the open mode - that is, with one shoulder bare. The Buddha is shown in 'dhyanamudra', the gesture of perfect balance and meditation, with the arms resting near his feet with palms facing upwards. This Buddha image is characteristic of the post-Polonnaruva style of image. The simplicity and balance of this piece maintains an air of stillness and peace.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000.

Bibliography (1)

Judith White (Editor), Look, South Yarra, Oct 2000, 17 (colour illus.).