An image of Seated Buddha calling the Earth to witness (bhumisparsha mudra)

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Seated Buddha calling the Earth to witness (bhumisparsha mudra)

Other titles:
Seated Buddha on lotus pedestal
Location
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
Period
China: Qing dynasty 1644–1911, Qianlong 1736–1795
Year
18th century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
bronze, gold leaf
Dimensions
30.2 x 21.5 x 16.5 cm
Credit
Purchased 1996
Accession number
479.1996
Provenance
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.