The New-born Buddha

The New-born Buddha

400s

Gilt bronze with inlays of blue glass and turquoise

Overall: 19.4 cm (7 5/8 in.); Diameter of base: 6.8 cm (2 11/16 in.); Base: 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1955.46

Description

This image of the newborn Buddha is rare and unusual. The common type represents him taking seven steps while proclaiming "I am supreme in the Universe." Here, he is represented as being bathed by the nine Nagas, with both hands down.

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