Buddha Shakyamuni
12th century
Asia: Nepal
Not on View

Images of the Buddha from the Himalayan region of Tibet and Nepal are characterized by graceful postures and elegant modeling. The palm of the Buddha's right hand is marked with the lotus flower and displays the gesture of charity. While his form and iconography relate to Nepali Buddha images, the traces of indigo pigment in his hair demonstrate that he once graced a monastery in Tibet.


  • Title: Buddha Shakyamuni
  • Date: 12th century
  • Medium: Gilt-copper alloy with traces of pigment
  • Dimensions: 27-1/2 in. (69.9 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1972.45.12.S
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

Painting and Sculpture from Nepal, Tibet and Northwest India

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1994-09-22 to 1997-06-01
  • Knoke, Christine, Minerva, fig. 16 p. 30
  • Fisher, Robert E., Asian Art: Selections from the Norton Simon Museum, fig. 9 pp. 54-55
  • Schroeder, Ulrich von, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, 1981, no. 109E pp. 416, 422-423
  • Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 2: Art from the Himalayas & China, 2003, no. 49 pp. 20, 78, 80-81
  • McArthur, Meher, The Arts of Asia: A Guide to the Materials, Techniques and Styles, 2005, p. 180
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 876 p. 347
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