The Enlightened One, Lord of Shakya Clan, Shakyamuni Buddha

13th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art
New York, United States

The sculpture to the left portrays the Buddha in the form commonly referred to as the historical Buddha. In this human form, Buddha Shakyamuni is understood to have lived on Earth and died. This Manifestation Body (nirmanakaya) is a physical body that takes birth in response to the needs of living beings as a result of the Buddha’s compassion, in this case appearing in human form that is perceptible to ordinary beings in order to teach them.


  • Title: The Enlightened One, Lord of Shakya Clan, Shakyamuni Buddha
  • Date Created: 13th century
  • Physical Dimensions: H 13.25 x W 10.75 x D 7 in.
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2005.16.31
  • Medium: Gilt copper alloy with pigment
  • Place of Creation: Tibet
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Gateway to Himalayan Art" (07/23/10 - TBD), Robert Hull Fleming Museum, Burlington, VT, "Buddha in Paradise" (09/16/08 - 12/19/08), Rubin Museum of Art, "Buddha in Paradise" (05/09/08 - 08/18/08)

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