Seated Shakyamuni Buddha

Seated Shakyamuni Buddha

c. AD 120

Red mottled sandstone

Overall: 51.4 cm (20 1/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1970.63


This early form of the Buddha image depicts him seated on an altar under the Bodhi tree. A coiled topknot of hair and elongated earlobes refer to his life as a prince when he wore a turban and heavy earrings. Behind his head is a solar disk, like a halo, and lions on the throne indicate the spreading of his teachings in all four directions.


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