Buddha Offering Protection

Sri Lanka, central plateau

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 242

This grand Buddha gestures compassionate protection to devotees (abhaya mudra) with his raised right hand, while his left hand supports the sweeping fall of his monastic robe (uttarsanga). The facial features and bodily contour suggest that the work is a product of the early Polonnaruva Period.

#7971. Buddha Offering Protection

Buddha Offering Protection, Copper alloy with gilding, Sri Lanka, central plateau

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