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Buddha Offering Protection

Divided Kingdoms period
mid-15th–16th century
Sri Lanka. western regions
Copper alloy with gilding
H. 20 7/8 in. (53 cm); W. 5 7/8 in. (15 cm); Diam. of pedestal 5 7/16 in. (13.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Louis V. Bell, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, and Rogers Funds and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest; The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation Fund; Florence and Herbert Irving, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Anne H. Bass Gifts, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.66a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 242
This imposing Buddha makes the abhaya mudra gesture with his right hand, conveying compassionate protection, while his left hand supports the sweeping fall of the monastic robe (uttarsanga). The icon’s monumentality is exceptional for the period. It provides a stylistic bridge between a great eighth-century late-Anuradhapura-style rock-cut Buddha at Avukana and the full-bodied figures with robes in stylized water-patterning folds of the successive Kandyan period.
Joseph Fernando , Sri Lanka and USA (by 1956 until d., by descent to son); Dr. Quintus and Mrs. Wimala Fernando , Phoenix, AZ (until d. 2004, by descent to son Barry Fernando); Dr. Barry Fernando , Phoenix, AZ (2004–2010; sold through John Eskenazi, Ltd. to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Buddhist Art of Sri Lanka," 2010.

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