Help us bring life to art, and art to lives. Make a donation.

Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Standing Buddha

Mon-Dvaravati period
8th–9th century
Thailand (Nakhon Pathom Province)
Bronze with traces of gilt
H. 27 in. (68.6 cm); W. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm); D. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1959
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 246
Considerable innovations in religious iconography were developed during the Mon-Dvaravati period. For example, many Buddhas hold both of their hands in a gesture of exposition or teaching (vitarkamudra) that in India is confined to the right hand. Images from the related site of Prakhon Chai also exhibit this double hand gesture, but otherwise it is unknown in the Buddhist world. Another iconographic innovation was to place a standing Buddha and flanking attendants on the back of Garuda, a semidivine winged creature that usually appears as the vehicle (vahana) of Vishnu.
Related Objects

Standing Four-Armed Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion

Date: 8th–early 9th century Medium: Bronze inlaid with obsidian(?) Accession: 1999.90 On view in:Gallery 246

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

Date: 8th–early 9th century Medium: Copper alloy Accession: 1982.64 On view in:Gallery 247

Head of a Male Deity

Date: ca. 9th century Medium: Stucco Accession: 1987.142.288 On view in:Gallery 246

Standing Buddha

Date: 7th–8th century Medium: Stone with traces of color Accession: 1982.220.6 On view in:Gallery 246

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

Date: second half of the 7th century Medium: Sandstone Accession: 1987.218.16 On view in:Gallery 245