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Walking Buddha


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Description Freestanding images of the Buddha had not been made anywhere in Asia before they were created by Thai sculptors in Sukhothai during the 14th century. What is the Buddha doing? It is possible to imagine that he is descending from heaven, where, according to legend, he preached to his deceased mother one rainy season. Or he might be merely walking. This is considered one of the four postures: the others are sitting, standing, and reclining. In the Thai language, the walking Buddha is just called "graceful" ("lila").
Exhibitions
  • Unearthly Elegance: Buddhist Art from the Griswold Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
  • Eternal Presence: Handprints and Footprints in Buddhist Art. Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu; Rubin Museum of Art, New York. 2004-2005.
Provenance Private collection, Kamphaeng Phaet; Alexander B. Griswold, Monkton, Maryland, January 20 1951 [1]; Walters Art Museum, 1992, by bequest. [1] Presented to the Breezewood Foundation, December 1961, inv. no. 613
Credit Bequest of A. B. Griswold, 1992

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15th century
Medium
brass
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.2765
Measurements
H with tangs: 20 11/16 × W: 5 7/8 × D: 4 1/2 in. (52.5 × 15 × 11.5 cm); H without tangs: 20 1/4 in. (51.4 cm); Base H: 2 1/4 × W: 4 3/4 × D: 4 3/4 in. (5.72 × 12.07 × 12.07 cm)
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