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Miniature altar: Standing Buddha in abhaya-vara mudra, flanked by 2 bodhisattvas

Accession Number
1961/2.79

Title
Miniature altar: Standing Buddha in abhaya-vara mudra, flanked by 2 bodhisattvas

Artist(s)
Chinese

Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
early 6th century

Medium & Support
bronze with traces of gilding on wooden stand

Dimensions
5 15/16 in x 3 1/8 in x 1 1/4 in (15 cm x 8 cm x 3.2 cm);5 15/16 in x 3 1/8 in x 1 1/4 in (15 cm x 8 cm x 3.2 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection

Label copy
The symmetrical arrangement of Buddha with two flanking "bodhisattva" attendants is common in Buddhist iconography. The boat-shaped halo as well as the elongated figures are characteristic of the 6th century.

Primary Object Classification
Ritual Object

Primary Object Type
altarpiece

Additional Object Classification(s)
Sculpture

Collection Area
Asian

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

2 Related Resources

Buddhism
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
Devotional Objects Across Religions
(Part of 4 Learning Collections)

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