Buddha Shakyamuni
12th century
Nepal or Tibet
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.

Details

  • 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

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