Buddha Shakyamuni in Meditation

Place Made:
Sri Lanka: Anuradhapura period
5th-6th century
18-1/2 x 12-3/4 x 6-1/2 in. (47.0 x 32.4 x 16.5 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Iuliana and Mark Phillips 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Museum 
Not on View

The Buddha is seated in the classic meditation pose known as virasana, or heroic posture. An impassive and still figure, he is completely absorbed in a trance-like meditation. Several supernormal features indicate his divine status, including his elongated earlobes and his small, curly locks of hair.

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