Seated Buddha

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Acquired in 2006 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
Guy, John. ' Indian Temple Sculpture', V&A Publication, 2007, p20, pl.10.
collection_code
SSEA
credit
Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, The Anthony Gardner Memorial Fund and an anonymous donor
date_end
0250-12-31
date_start
0200-01-01
date_text
early 3rd century (made)
descriptive_line
Seated Buddha figure in pleated robes, torso with missing head and hands, pink mottled sandstone, Mathura, early 3rd century
dimensions
Height: 68.5 cm, Width: 78 cm, Depth: 31 cm
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event_text
exhibition_history
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historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund, the Antony Gardner Memorial Fund, and a private donor.
id
1063
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T19:23:21.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T19:23:21.000Z
latitude
27.49586
location
In Storage
longitude
77.67592
marks
materials
Sandstone
materials_techniques
Sculpted sandstone
museum_number
IS.213-2006
museum_number_token
is2132006
object_number
O127873
object_type
Sculpture
on_display
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original_price
physical_description
Pink mottled sandstone sculpture of seated male figure with pleated robes, missing head and hands. Seated Buddha, with highly developed physical displaying 'inner breath' (prana) beneath the articulated folds of the monastic robes. The yogic posture is combined with a communicative Buddha type, gesturing to his followers.
place
Mathura
primary_image_id
2007BL4483
production_note
Mathura style, Uttar Pradesh, northern India, possibly the region of Kausambi.
production_type
public_access_description
This is a spectacular sculpture of great presence and historical importance. The over-life sized seated figure of the Buddha, legs crossed tightly in a strict meditative position (padmasana) and chest fully extended with yogic disciplined breath (prana), creates a powerful image. The figure wears a form-defining robe of untailored cloth (sanghati), worn in the monastic manner. The folds of the robes are deeply incised to give the entire figure a remarkable degree of surface animation. The missing hands were in all probability, and judging from extant examples, displaying the protective abaya-mudra gesture with the proper right, and holding the ends of the pleated monastic robes with the raised left hand.The figure is seated on an integrated unadorned plinth. This sculpture belongs to a select group of related Buddha and Jina images. It compares most closely in terms of proportioning and the stylistic rendering of the robes, with three dated sculptures belonging to the same school. Two were excavated at Kausambi and dated equivalent to 161 AD. The third was recovered at Sravasti, to the east of Mathura, and is inscribed with a date equivalent to 213 AD. The style of this Buddha, along with these dated examples, represents a clear second-phase in the development of the Buddha-type under the Kushan dynasty. The pure Mathura style begins in this phase - around the second half of the second century - to reflect a strong stylistic dialogue between the Buddhist schools of Mathura and Gandhara. The drawing of the robes over both shoulders, as opposed to the earlier Mathura convention of leaving one shoulder exposed, is an innovation of this period seen at both centres.
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rights
3
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site_code
slug
seated-buddha-sculpture-unknown
sys_updated
2014-07-24T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
Seated Buddha
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vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
250
year_start
200