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Seated Buddha

Unknown18th century

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

The Buddha sits with his right hand in the earth-touching gesture ('bhumisparsha mudra'), an attribute of the Transcendental Buddha Akshobya, characteristically shown as strong, pensive and imperturbable. Around the base are brief inscriptions in Sanskrit, Mongolian and Tibetan, and in Chinese the reign mark of the Qianlong emperor. The image of the Buddha reflects the influence of the Sino-Tibetan tradition in later Chinese Buddhist art.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.98.

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  • Title: Seated Buddha
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 18th century
  • Location: China
  • Physical Dimensions: 30.2 x 21.5 x 16.5 cm
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Purchased 1996
  • Medium: gilt bronze
  • Signature & Date: Not signed. Not dated.
  • Period: China: Qianlong 1736 - 1795, Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911
  • Object Other Titles: Seated Buddha on lotus pedestal

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