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Standing Buddha

Kandyan period (1480–1815)
18th century
Sri Lanka (Kandy district)
Copper alloy with gilding
H. (figure) 23 3/8 in. (59.4 cm); H. (incl. base) 25 9/16 in. (65 cm) W. 8 11/16 in. (22 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:
2010.68a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 242
This work represents the Kandyan-period style of Buddha imagery at its best. The Buddha's physique is robust and the full face does not display the softness of features seen in lesser works of the period. The auspicious marks (lakshana) seen so prominently on the gilded seated Buddha displayed nearby appear here as well, and the left arm is now lowered, a convention that persisted throughout the
later Kandyan period.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Buddhist Art of Sri Lanka," 2010.

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