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Buddha, standing (extremely worn)

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Buddha, standing (extremely worn)


Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
9th century - 10th century

Medium & Support
wood with traces of gesso and polychrome

4 3/16 in. x 1 1/16 in. x 5/8 in. ( 10.64 cm x 2.65 cm x 1.6 cm )

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

Label copy
Although the face is damaged and the pigments are gone, this figure displays two characteristic "mudras" or hand positons of symbolic importance. The left hand extended up with the palm outward is in the "abhaya" or protection "mudra". With fingers held down and palm turned outward, the right hand is in the "varada" or charity "mudra".

Subject matter
A heavily worn miniature image of the Buddha, standing, with his right hand lowered in vara mudra (the gesture of charity) and his left hand raised in abhaya mudra (the gesture of reassurance).

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Buddhas (visual works)

2 Related Resources

Before 1492
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)

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