An Important Marble Figure of Buddha Shakyamuni

Sri Lanka

Anuradhapura Period, 6th – 7th Century

The present figure of Buddha seated is one of the very few complete extant examples of late Anuradhapura sculpture.

The figure carved in the round from one piece of coarse-grained dolomite marble. Representations of this type would originally have had an applied layer of stucco and paint, additional details such as hair curls would have been evident and the eyes were often highlighted with coloured crystals or stones.

To the reverse, the carefully carved robe can be seen most clearly, resting over the left shoulder and visible to the front through the left arm.     

Provenance:

Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Phillips; Christie’s, New York, 17 September 2003, lot 35.

A Distinguished English Private Collection 

Exhibited:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum, “Light of Asia: Buddha Shakyamuni in Asian Art”, 4 March 1984 to February 1985.

 Height: 29.5” (75cm). Width: 28” (71cm). Depth: 17” (43cm)

 

 

 


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