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Enthroned Seated Buddha
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Enthroned Seated Buddha


Description Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The stylistic origins of this object in the bronzes of Bangladesh are clear. If it was not made there, it is likely to have been made by a sculptor trained there, or under the auspices of immigrants from there; otherwise it would probably not have been made of brass, nor would it bear an incised "Buddhist creed" at the back. The image appears to have had a renewed life beginning in about the 16th century, when the base was made.
Exhibitions
  • Unearthly Elegance: Buddhist Art from the Griswold Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Mr. Amnuey, Lopburi, Thailand [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Alexander B. Griswold, Monkton, January 30, 1951 [presented to the Breezewood Foundation, November 7, 1956, inv. no. 305]; Walters Art Museum, 1992, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription] Line one: siddham [=symbol] ye dharmma hetuprabhava hetum tesam tatha-; line two: gato=avadat tesan=ca yo nirodha eva-; line three: mvadi mahasramanah; [Translation] Tathagata [the 'thus-come one,' the Buddha] has revealed the cause of those phenomena that spring from a cause also [the means of] their cessation. So says the Great Monk
Credit Bequest of A. B. Griswold, 1992

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Period
Sculpture: 8th-9th century; With base: 16th century (Dvaravati)
Medium
solid cast leaded tin brass
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.2713
Measurements
at knees: 10 3/16 x 2 13/16 in. (25.8 x 7.2 cm); base: 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
Geographies
  • Bangladesh (Place of Origin)
  • Thailand (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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