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Buddha Offering Protection

Early Polonnaruva period
10th century
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)
Credit Line:
Gift of Enid A. Haupt, 1993
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 242
This grand Buddha gestures compassionate protection to devotees (abhaya mudra) with his raised right hand, while his left hand supports the sweeping fall of his monastic robe (uttarsanga). The facial features and bodily contour suggest that the work is a product of the early Polonnaruva Period.
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