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Image of Seated Bodhisattva in Lalitasana (posture of royal ease); probably Shakyamuni (Historical Buddha) or Maitreya (Buddha of Future)

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Seated Bodhisattva in Lalitasana (posture of royal ease); probably Shakyamuni (Historical Buddha) or Maitreya (Buddha of Future)


Creation date: 14th century-15th century
Creation place: China

Other Information

Type: Wood Sculpture
Medium and Support: Wood,with trace of color and gold pigments
Credit Line: Bequest of Elsie S. Kimberly
Accession Number: 1966.109
Dimensions: 8 5/16 in. x 7 1/8 in. x 4 5/8 in. (21.11 cm x 18.1 cm x 11.75 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

Elsie Stewart Kimberly, Coronado, California ( - 1966)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1966 - )

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This figure of a bodhisattva wears princely garments and sits in what is called the “posture of royal ease.” Bodhisattvas are depicted as royal figures in reference to their advanced spiritual attainments, which are just one stage away from complete enlightenment. This parallels the life of the Buddha, who founded the Buddhist religion in the 5th century BCE, who was a prince before he renounced society to become a mendicant teacher. This piece once housed relics and precious objects within its back, which indicates that it was once a sacred object. Its small size suggests that it was set up in a domestic shrine.
Last Updated: 5/21/2012

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Temple Palace and Mosque Rotations San Diego Museum of Art , 8/16/2010 - 00/00/00

Art of East Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 2/3/2013 - 8/1/2013


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