Seated Buddha calling the Earth to witness (bhumisparsha mudra)
- Other titles:
- Seated Buddha on lotus pedestal
- Upper Asian gallery
- Further information
The Buddha sits with his left hand in his lap and his right hand in the earth-touching gesture (bhumisparsha mudra). Around the base of the sculpture are brief inscriptions in Sanskrit, Mongolian and Tibetan and, in Chinese, the reign mark of the Qianlong emperor. Akshobya, one of the future Buddhas, and Shakyamuni the historical Buddha are the only Buddhas depicted in this pose.
- Place of origin
- China: Qing dynasty 1644–1911, Qianlong 1736–1795
- 18th century
- bronze, gold leaf
- 30.2 x 21.5 x 16.5 cm
- Purchased 1996
- Accession number
- Christie's, Australia Pty. Ltd., Sep 1995, Melbourne/Victoria/Australia, offered for sale at Christie’s, Sep 1995, Melbourne, lot 199.
Lynette Cunnington Asian Art, Sep 1995-Oct 1996, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1996.