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Title

Seated Buddha calling the Earth to witness (bhumisparsha mudra)

18th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Seated Buddha on lotus pedestal
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Qianlong 1736 - 1795 Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
    Date
    18th century
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    bronze, gold leaf
    Dimensions
    30.2 x 21.5 x 16.5 cm
    Credit
    Purchased 1996
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    479.1996
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    The Buddha sits with his left hand in his lap and his right hand in the earth-touching gesture (bhumisparsha mudra). Around the base of the sculpture are brief inscriptions in Sanskrit, Mongolian and Tibetan and, in Chinese, the reign mark of the Qianlong emperor. Akshobya, one of the future Buddhas, and Shakyamuni the historical Buddha are the only Buddhas depicted in this pose.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

  • Provenance

    Private Collection, pre Sep 1995, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia

    Christie's, Australia Pty. Ltd., Sep 1995, Melbourne/Victoria/Australia, offered for sale at Christie’s, Sep 1995, Melbourne, lot 199.

    Lynette Cunnington Asian Art, Sep 1995-Oct 1996, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1996.