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Image of Buddha Shakyamuni in the earth-touching gesture

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Buddha Shakyamuni in the earth-touching gesture


Creation date: ca. 13th century
Creation place: Nepal

Other Information

Type: Bronze Sculpture
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Bequest of Pliny F. Munger
Accession Number: 1964.225.a-b
Dimensions: 8 in. x 6 1/8 in. x 4 1/2 in. (20.32 cm x 15.56 cm x 11.43 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

Earle Wilkin Grant, San Diego, California ( - )

Prince Axel, Copenhagen, Denmark ( - 1930s)

Gump's, San Francisco, California ( - )

Label Copy

04/14/2017 Diana Chou
Representing the same moment of enlightenment as the stone Buddha nearby, this bronze image would have been used in personal devotion and meditation. It exemplifies the fine metalworking technique for which Nepali craftsmen were famous. While retaining the same meditative posture, gesture, and mood of quiet introspection as the Indian prototypes, Nepali artists infuse a distinct grace, elegance of proportions, and sweetness of expression into their works.

Last Updated: 4/14/2017

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Arts of South and Southeast Asia 2nd to 16th Century , 6/16/2014 - 12/14/2014

Arts of South and Southeast Asia 2nd - 6th century The San Diego Museum of Art , 12/20/2014 - 00/00/00

Arts of South and Southeast Asia The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/20/2017 - 00/00/00

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Grant-Munger Collection: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, May 1970
Page Number: 120, no. 173

Dr. Caron Smith. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 91, Figure Number: 91


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