Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Preaching Buddha

8th century
India (Jammu & Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir) or Pakistan
Bronze with silver inlay
H. 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Ex Coll.: Columbia University, Purchase, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Gift, 1987
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 237
This Buddha, with his legs folded in a full yogic posture and his hands gesturing preaching, invokes the first sermon at Sarnath. The complex treatment of the monastic robes, most notably their pleated ends, is evidence of an unidentified monastic workshop, probably located in Kashmir or the Swat Valley. The treatment of the hair curls is unconventional, as is the extreme stylization of the eyes and eyebrow. Silver inlay marks the eyes and auspicious forehead mark (urna).
Samuel Eilenberg , New York (until 1986; donated to Columbia University) ; [ Columbia University , New York, 1986–1987, sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Lotus Transcendent: Indian and Southeast Asian Art from the Samuel Eilenberg Collection," October 2, 1991–June 28, 1992.

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