Buddha in bhumisparsa mudra

ca. 10th century C.E.

Indian Museum, Kolkata

Indian Museum, Kolkata
Kolkata, India

The small but beautiful relief shows the Buddha in bhumisparsa mudra seated on a double-inverted lotus placed on a triratha pedestal. The stele bears two full-blown lotuses on the two corners. Foliage of the bodhi-tree is seen on the top of the aureole. The pedestal shows two lions on either side. In the centre a monk in his right profile is seated before a stool on which a manuscript is placed. This emphasizes the importance attached to manuscripts in the Buddhist practice of worship.


  • Title: Buddha in bhumisparsa mudra
  • Date: ca. 10th century C.E.
  • Location: Indian Museum, Kolkata
  • Physical Dimensions: Stone, 30x15.5x6.6 cm.
  • Provenance: Birat, Cuttack, Orissa, India.
  • Type: Sclupture

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