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Title

Seated Buddha

9th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Central Java Java Indonesia


Cultural origin

Central Javanese


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

1.2000



Place

Where the work was made
Central Java

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Provenance


Bob and Norma Noe, pre 1998, Kentucky/United States of America

Alex Biancardi, Nov 1998, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia

Danny Biancardi, Nov 1998-Feb 2000, Australia, by descent. Purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000.


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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