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Standing Buddha

8th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Peninsular Thailand Thailand
    8th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    copper alloy
    28.0 x 8.9 x 8.0 cm (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • About

    This early Buddha figure is interesting for its strongly modelled robe, which reflects the stylistic fusion of early Buddhist South and Southeast Asian images. The piece is cast in the south Indian style of the Nagapattinam school (Nagapattinam was a port town in Tamil Nadu in south India and a renowned Buddhist pilgrimage centre from early times). In this style, the robe is worn as seen here: the right shoulder bare, the robe falling in heavy folds, finishing short of the hem of the undergarment. On the left, the folds of the robe fall in wavy lines to the Buddha's ankles, while he gathers the edges of his garment in his left hand.

    The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.324.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication