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Crowned Buddha

Pala period
10th–11th century
India (Bihar)
Bronze inlaid with silver, lapis lazuli, and rock crystal
H. 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm); W. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm); D. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); Wt. 7 lbs (7 lbs (3.2 kg)
Credit Line:
Gift of Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation, 1993
Accession Number:
1993.311a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 238
The Buddha touches the earth at the moment of enlightenment. His crown, necklace, eyes, and urna (forehead dot) are inlaid with silver; the flaming mandorla and the stepped throne were inlaid with lapis lazuli and rock crystal (surviving vestiges of these materials can be seen on the base).
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation , Purchase, NY (until 1993; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Early Buddhist Manuscript Painting: The Palm-Leaf Tradition," July 29, 2008–March 22, 2009.