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Title

Seated Buddha calling the Earth to witness (bhumisparsha mudra)

18th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


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.


Details


Other Title

Seated Buddha on lotus pedestal


Place where the work was made

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



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


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.


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, China 'Buddhist Art', Sydney, 2003, 98 (colour illus.).

Editor Unknown (Editor), Decorative arts, furniture, silver & jewellery, arms & edged weapons, South Yarra, Sep 1995, 30 (colour illus.). lot 199.