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Buddha, seated, from Tongguan, with mandorla

Accession Number
1964/1.90

Title
Buddha, seated, from Tongguan, with mandorla

Artist(s)
Chinese

Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
4th century

Medium & Support
bronze

Dimensions
2 5/16 in. x 1 7/16 in. x 5/16 in. ( 5.9 cm x 3.7 cm x 0.8 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection

Subject matter
The Buddha, seated before a mandorla (an almond-shaped halo that encompasses his entire body) incised with flame motifs. The Buddha's hands are concealed within his robe, in keeping with Chinese customs of decorum, rather than following the Indian practice of showing the hands in an iconographically meaningful gesture.

Primary Object Classification
Sculpture

Primary Object Type
statue

Additional Object Classification(s)
Ritual Object

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
Buddhas (visual works)
Buddhism
flames
miniature (size attribute)

2 Related Resources

Buddhism
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
Flames
(Part of: Exchange and Influence on Global Trade Routes)

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