An image of Seated Buddha

Unknown Artist

Seated Buddha

Other titles:
Seated Buddha on lotus pedestal
Location
Lower 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
Period
China: Qing dynasty 1644–1911, Qianlong 1736–1795
Year
18th century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
gilt bronze
Dimensions
30.2 x 21.5 x 16.5 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1996
Accession number
479.1996