H. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm) Overall H. 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm)
Purchase, Rogers and Seymour Funds and The J. M. Kaplan Fund Inc. and Rafi Y. Mottahedeh Gift, 1968
Not on view
This figurine represents the newborn Shaka. Immediately after his birth he took seven steps and looked to the four corners of the earth. Then, raising two fingers of his right hand toward heaven and his left hand toward earth, he pronounced "I alone am Prince of that above and below the heavens." A newborn-Buddha statuette is bathed at the annual ceremony celebrating the birth of Buddha on the eight day of April.
[ Asian Gallery , New York, until 1968; sold to MMA]
Artist: Martin Carlin (French, near Freiburg im Breisgau ca. 1730–1785 Paris) Date: ca. 1773Medium: Oak veneered with tulipwood, amaranth, holly, and ebonized holly; ten soft-paste porcelain plaques; gilt-bronze mounts; marble; velvet (not original)Accession: 58.75.44On view in:Gallery 529