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An image of Seated Buddha by

Polonnaruva, Sri Lanka

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

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.
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
Not on display
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.).