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Walking Buddha, in High Relief
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Walking Buddha, in High Relief

Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This figure of the Buddha is characterized by a round face and thick, heavy eyebrows that join the nose to form a king of 'T.' Acquired in Lopburi, it was very likely made there. This image is interesting in large part becasue of the light it appears to shed on the development of the walking Buddha. Originally attached to a backplate or frame, it might have been part of an altarpiece in which lesser images flank a central one. The walking Budha seems to be exemplifying a posture rather than illustrating a particular episode in the Buddha's life.

The lost wax cast leaded bronze Walking Buddha exhibited signs of active chloride corrosion or bronze disease. Local active spots were treated with a corrosion inhibitor, benzotriazole.

Date Description Narrative
4/26/2017ExaminationExamined and treated for exhibition
  • Unearthly Elegance: Buddhist Art from the Griswold Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Lobpuri, Thailand; Alexander B. Griswold, Monkton, summer 1948, [presented to the Breezewood Foundation, December 1960, inv. no. 708]; Walters Art Museum, 1992, by bequest.
Inscriptions none
Credit Bequest of A. B. Griswold, 1992

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13th-14th century
cast bronze
Accession Number
H: 8 9/16 × W: 2 1/2 × D: 1 3/16 in. (21.7 × 6.3 × 3 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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