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
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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