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Buddha Shakyamuni, c. 550

India: Bihar, Gupta period, 525-575
Bronze
016-1/2 x 6-1/2 in. (41.9 x 16.5 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
F.1972.01.S
© The Norton Simon Foundation

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Portraying the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, this bronze probably emerged from a Tibetan monastery, like most other Gupta period (c. 300-600) bronzes. Perhaps this bronze survived because it was taken to Tibet as a sacred relic or souvenir. The Buddha's slim and graceful body is revealed by his transparent monastic robes. His broken right hand displays the gesture of reassurance while the left hand holds the end of his robe.


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