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Seated Dipankara Buddha with Flaming Shoulders

Period:
Khotan Kingdom
Date:
6th–7th century
Culture:
China (Xinjiang Autonomous Region)
Medium:
Stucco
Dimensions:
H. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); W. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm); D. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1930
Accession Number:
30.32.43
Not on view
In a past birth Shakyamuni met the Buddha Dipankara and vowed to pursue the path to Buddhahood. By the fourth century Dipankara Buddhas represented with flaming shoulders began to appear in the sculpture of Gandhara and Afghanistan and in Chinese bronzes. This seated Buddha was likely part of a mandorla.
Site of Dandan-Uiliq

[ Emil Trinkler , Bremen, Germany, excavated or purchased in Tibet or Turkestan during 1927–1928 Trinkler expedition; sold to Kleijkamp by 1930]; [ Jan Kleijkamp , New York, by 1930, sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Buddhism Along the Silk Road," June 2, 2012–February 10, 2013.

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