Buddha Seated in Meditation

Sri Lanka. western regions

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 242

This majestic Buddha is one of the finest products of sixteenth-century Sri Lankan Buddhist art. The figure is seated on a lotus-vine pedestal, deep in meditation. Numerous auspicious marks (lakshana) on his body signify his Buddhahood. Convention dictates thirty-two mahapurusalakshana and eighty lesser marks, such as the forehead mark (urna), flame protuberance (ushnisha), extended earlobes and locks of hair, and lotuses on the hand and feet.

Buddha Seated in Meditation, Copper alloy with gilding, Sri Lanka. western regions

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