Torso of Buddha Shakyamuni

Torso of Buddha Shakyamuni
Place Made:
Thailand: Mon-Dvaravati period
7th-8th century
overall: 36-1/2 x 10-1/4 x 4 in. (92.2 x 26 x 10.2 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View

Carved in the round, this sculpture of the Buddha Shakyamuni is characteristic of the artistic style associated with the Dvaravati period (6th–11th centuries). The transparent, clinging monastic robe, which covers both shoulders, and the faintly suggested undergarment that sits below the Buddha’s navel are both hallmarks of the Dvaravati style as are the articulated kneecaps and hemline of the Buddha’s robe. Although this figure is no longer intact, in its original condition, the Buddha would have had both hands extended and in the gesture of teaching (vitarkamudra).

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