Crowned Buddha

India, Ancient kingdom of Kashmir

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 237

The Buddha is usually depicted in a monk’s simple garments; however, when he wears rich jewelry and a crown, he evokes the special form of Buddha as a cakravartin, or universal monarch. In Kashmir this form also recalls the splendor of the Buddha in heaven, where he reveals himself to the bodhisattvas. Both the high tripartite diadem and tasseled cape reflect Central Asian influence on Kashmiri Buddhist art of this period.

Crowned  Buddha, Brass, India, Ancient kingdom of Kashmir

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