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Tibetan figure of a Buddhist deity


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Title Tibetan figure of a Buddhist deity
Collection Artworld: Oriental Museum
Date 1573 - 1619 CE
Description Tibetan cast bronze seated four-armed Buddhist deity, on a stand.
The Buddha is seated in Dhyanasana (lotus position) on a double lotus plinth, with his principal hands held in front of the breast, with the left palm turned inward (toward the body) and the right turned outward, and the circles formed by the thumbs and index fingers of each hand touch one another in Dharmachakra Mudra (gesture of teaching). The secondary hands are held higher than the principal hands, with a thunderbolt in the left hand and a wheel in the right. He wears flowing robes and an elaborate headdress, with a serene expression, long earlobes and hair drawn into a high topknot.
This statuette is cast in two pieces, with the main body attached to the plinth.
The gilt has mostly worn away.
Cultural Context Chinese
Id Number Current Accession 1972.3
Location Creation Site Zhonghua, Xizang Zizhiqu
Location Current Repository The Oriental Museum
Subject sculpture in the round, statuette
Measurements 117 x 191 x 89 mm
Context The mudra is a form of hand gesture to show the earth and the Buddhist doctrine.
Context Source OMDB
Rights Oriental Museum, University of Durham, Durham, 2002. All Rights reserved
Rights Owner OM
Style Period Ming Dynasty, Wanli
Work Type statuette
 
 
 

 

 

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