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
30.2 x 21.5 x 16.5 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Where the work was made
Shown in 3 exhibitions
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 2017–2018
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, China 'Buddhist Art', Sydney, 2003, 98 (colour illus.).