Buddha Shakyamuni in Meditation
5th-6th century
Asia: Sri Lanka
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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.


  • Title: Buddha Shakyamuni in Meditation
  • Date: 5th-6th century
  • Medium: Dolomite
  • Dimensions: 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: P.1999.10.3
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Museum

Object Information

The Art of Giving: Recent Acquisitions of the Norton Simon Museum

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2000-08-10 to 2001-02-19
  • Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 3: Art from Sri Lanka & Southeast Asia, 2004, no. 33 pp. 46, 48-49
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