Seated Buddha calling the Earth to witness (bhumisparsha mudra)
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.
Seated Buddha on lotus pedestal
Place where the work was made
bronze, gold leaf
30.2 x 21.5 x 16.5 cm
Where the work was made
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Decorative arts, furniture, silver & jewellery, arms & edged weapons, Christie's, Australia Pty. Ltd., Double Bay, 10 Sep 1995–12 Sep 1995
Smile of the Buddha: Image of Enlightenment, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, 02 Nov 2007–17 Dec 2007
Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–13 Mar 2016
Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–06 Jan 2019
Walking with gods, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Jun 2019–12 Jan 2020
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
The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, China 'Buddhist Art', Sydney, 2003, 98 (colour illus.).
Decorative arts, furniture, silver & jewellery, arms & edged weapons, South Yarra, Sep 1995, 30 (colour illus.). lot 199.