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Standing Buddha

Creation date: 16th century
Creation place: Thailand

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Type: Bronze Sculpture
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Erskine J. Campbell
Accession Number: 1938.163
Dimensions: 27 in. x 6 3/4 in. x 6 3/4 in. (68.58 cm x 17.15 cm x 17.15 cm)
Currently on view

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4/14/2017 Diana Chou
The gesture performed by this Buddha, both arms bent, palms facing outward, is common only in Southeast Asia. The gesture is termed “Calming the Ocean,” the ocean being a metaphor for the flow of thoughts and emotions that are stilled in the practice of meditation as taught by the Buddha. Sculptures of this particular type were very popular royal commissions in Thailand in the nineteenth century, and often there is space in the crown to hold the relics of a deceased relative.
Last Updated: 6/6/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Asia Crossroads Rotation , 8/1/2002 - 8/1/2003

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

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