late Anuradhapura (8th–10th century)–Polonnaruva pd. (993–1235)
Sri Lanka (central plateau)
Copper alloy with gilding
H. (figure) 23 3/4 in. (60.3 cm); W. 7 in. (17.8 cm); D. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Gift of Enid A. Haupt, 1993
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 242
With his raised right hand, this grand Buddha gestures compassionate protection to devotees (abhaya mudra), while his left hand supports the sweeping fall of his monastic robe (uttarsanga). The physiognomy of the face and bodily contour suggest that this work most probably dates from the early Polonnaruva period.