H. 33 11/16 in. (85.5 cm); W. 16 3/4 in. (42.5 cm); D. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Purchase, Enid A. Haupt Gift, 1979
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 236
This Buddha image embodies the qualities of radiant inner calm and stillness, the products of supreme wisdom. The figure once raised his right hand (now missing) in the characteristic abhaya-mudra, a gesture dispelling fear and imparting reassurance. The Buddha is robed in the simple, uncut cloth of a monk, and his religiosity is further conveyed by a large halo and auspicious markings (lakshanas), both natural and supernatural, denoting Buddhahood (the state of perfect enlightenment), As the summation of stylistic development in a period of Buddhist expansion, this representation became the benchmark for the Buddha image throughout Asia.
Mr. M. Volkart , Shanghai and Switzerland (by 1948, bequeathed to Tresoldi); ; Guido Tresoldi Swiss, born 1938 , Lugano (until 1978; consigned to Gamma Art ); ; [ Gamma Art International , Vaduz, Liechtenstein, until 1979, sold to MMA ]