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Seated Buddha

14th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Polonnaruva Sri Lanka
    14th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    copper alloy, gold leaf
    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
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Walking with gods, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Jun 2019–05 Jan 2020

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Judith White (Editor), Look, Melbourne, Oct 2000, 17 (colour illus.).

  • Provenance

    Alex Biancardi, pre Nov 1998, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, bequeathed to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000.