Exhibitions/ Art Object

Enthroned Buddha

1923, by inscription
Cambodia (probably Phnom Penh)
Silver, gold, and unfired clay
H. 16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm); W. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm); D. 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 2013
Accession Number:
Not on view
The Buddha calling upon the earth goddess to witness his resistance of temptations immediately prior to his enlightenment (bhumisparsa mudra); he touches the earth with his right hand, a gesture that makes reference to all of his past meritorious actions. He is enthroned on a high four-tiered throne with a seat cover cloth displayed on the front. Each of the terraces is edged with lotus leaves, the upper one most pronounced.

On the reverse is an undecorated cartouche containing a dedicatory donor inscription, dated equivalent to 1923 A.D. The Buddha ushnisa, denoting his enlightened state, is highlighted in gold foil as is the capping finial in the shape of a lotus bud. Both are stained red, as is the Khmer taste for gold. A solid silver stem support rises from the back, supported by three silver lugs, to display three openwork silver umbrellas with pendulous pipal leaves.
Inscription: Dated by inscription BE 2466, equivalent to1923 CE
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