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Buddha Attended by Bodhisattvas Avalokiteshvara and Maitreya

Period:
Central Javanese period
Date:
second half of the 8th century
Culture:
Sumatra or southern Thailand
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm); W. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); D. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm); Wt. est. 20 lbs (9.1 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of The Kronos Collections, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.486.4
  • Description

    The iconographic configuration in this Buddhist triad was favored in the Mon territories of Thailand and widely propagated in the Srivijayan regions of peninsular Thailand and Sumatra. This triad with a central Buddha flanked by Avalokiteshvara and Maitreya identified by their crown insignias—the Amitabha Buddha and a stupa, respectively—came to be of paramount importance in early ninth-century central Java. Several major temples were built under royal patronage with these ensembles (albeit with all the figures seated) as their principal cult images, those at Candi Plaosan Lor and Candi Mendut being the best preserved.

    cat. no. 162

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