Buddha Shakyamuni – The Historical Buddha
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Orientation 3
Display 3

ABS 064

 Code: ABS 064

  Country: Sri Lanka

  Style: Late Anuradhapura Period

  Date: 850 - 950

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 10.5 x 13 x 5.7

  Materials: Bronze

Buddha Shakyamuni 

Sri Lanka, solid cast in one piece.
The Buddha is seated in the noble attitude (sattvaparyankasana) on a cushion and holds both hands in the “gesture of meditation (dhyana-mudra). The upper monastic garment (uttarasanga) is rendered with few folds and covers only the left shoulder. The hair is surmounted by a prominent "wish-fulfilling jewel" (cintamani)
Such images of Buddha Shakyamuni in meditation attitude (samadhi) have remained the prevalent depiction of Buddha in all the Theravada countries such as Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.