- Other Titles
- Figure of Buddha
Buddha on the lion throne
- Place where the work was made
- late 12th century
- Media category
- Materials used
- copper alloy
- 12.0 cm
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- Purchased 1997
- Lower Asian gallery
- Accession number
Early Buddhist images from Burma have distinctive stylistic qualities that distinguish them from their South-east Asian counterparts. In Burmese Buddhism, which followed the Theravada path, the dominant figure is Akshobhya, represented here. In this characteristic pose the Buddha is seated with feet upturned, bearing wheel marks on his soles. A button-like protuberance on his forehead resembles the 'urna'. The left hand rests face up on the lap in the meditation 'mudra'; the right hangs with the tips of the outstretched fingers touching the ground in the 'bhumispara mudra'. With this gesture the Buddha invokes the earth to witness his resistance of the temptations of the spirit of evil, Mara.
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Burmese art and its influences, Beurdeley, Matthews and Co. Ltd., London, 08 Apr 1981–25 Apr 1981
Buddha: Radiant awakening, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Nov 2001–24 Feb 2002
Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–13 Mar 2016
Walking with gods, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Jun 2019–05 Jan 2020
Elemental, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Jul 2022–2024
Referenced in 10 publications
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: South-East Asia', pg. 298-301, Sydney, 1999, 299 (colour illus.).
Isabell Johne, Vasudhārā: A study of the origin, development, and diffusion of artistic representations of the Buddhist goddess of prosperity in their cultural contexts, Aachen, 2014, 150 (colour illus.). vol.2
Simon Matthews, Burmese Art and its Influences, London, 1981, 17 (illus.), 18. plate no. 15
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 12 (colour illus.).
Jackie Menzies (Editor), Buddha: Radiant awakening, Sydney, 2001, 26 (colur illus.), 183. cat.no. 7
Jackie Menzies, Arts of Asia, 'New Dimensions', pg. 54-63, Hong Kong, Nov 2003-Dec 2003, 60 (colour illus.). no.14
Jackie Menzies, Look, 'Asian Favourites', pg. 24-27, Sydney, Sep 2003, 24 (colour illus.).
Jackie Menzies, TAASA Review, 'Art Gallery of New South Wales', Sydney, Mar 1998, 10 (colour illus.).
Donald M. Stadtner, The art of Burma, new studies, "Pagan bronzes: fresh observations", Mumbai, 1999, 59 (illus.). fig. 7
Wendy Symonds (Editor), Look, 'The Centre for Asian Art Studies', pg. 25, Heidelberg, Sep 1998, 25 (colour illus.).
Collection Beurdeley, Matthews, London, Apr 1981, London/England, offered for sale in the exhibition ‘Burmese art and its influences’, April 1981, London.
Alex Biancardi, pre Apr 1997, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1997.