Buddha Offering Protection

Period:
Early Polonnaruva period
Date:
10th century
Culture:
Sri Lanka, central plateau
Medium:
Copper alloy with gilding
Dimensions:
H. (figure) 23 3/4 in. (60.3 cm); W. 7 in. (17.8 cm); D. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Enid A. Haupt, 1993
Accession Number:
1993.387.8
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.
#7971. Buddha Offering Protection
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Enid A. Haupt , Greenwich, CT (until 1993; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Buddhist Art of Sri Lanka," 2010.