Standing Buddha Offering Protection

Gupta period (4th–6th century)
late 5th century
India (Uttar Pradesh, Mathura)
Red sandstone
H. 33 11/16 in. (85.5 cm); W. 16 3/4 in. (42.5 cm); D. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Enid A. Haupt Gift, 1979
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 236
This Buddha image embodies the qualities of radiant inner calm and stillness, the products of supreme wisdom. The figure once raised his right hand (now missing) in the characteristic abhaya-mudra, a gesture dispelling fear and imparting reassurance. The Buddha is robed in the simple, uncut cloth of a monk, and his religiosity is further conveyed by a large halo and auspicious markings (lakshanas), both natural and supernatural, denoting Buddhahood (the state of perfect enlightenment), As the summation of stylistic development in a period of Buddhist expansion, this representation became the benchmark for the Buddha image throughout Asia.
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Mr. M. Volkart , Shanghai and Switzerland (by 1948, bequeathed to Tresoldi);; Guido Tresoldi , Lugano (until 1978; consigned to Gamma Art );; [ Gamma Art International , Vaduz, Liechtenstein, until 1979, sold to MMA ]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Pala-Sena Period," 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions," October 24, 2008–February 1, 2009.