Buddha Seated in Meditation, Copper alloy with gilding, Sri Lanka. western regions

Buddha Seated in Meditation

Divided Kingdoms period
16th century
Sri Lanka. western regions
Copper alloy with gilding
H. 19 3/16 in. (48.7 cm); W. 14 3/16 in. (36 cm); D. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Louis V. Bell, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, and Rogers Funds and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest; The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation Fund; Florence and Herbert Irving, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Anne H. Bass Gifts, 2010
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 242
This majestic Buddha is one of the finest products of sixteenth-century Sri Lankan Buddhist art. The figure is seated on a lotus-vine pedestal, deep in meditation. Numerous auspicious marks (lakshana) on his body signify his Buddhahood. Convention dictates thirty-two mahapurusalakshana and eighty lesser marks, such as the forehead mark (urna), flame protuberance (ushnisha), extended earlobes and locks of hair, and lotuses on the hand and feet.
Joseph Fernando , Sri Lanka and USA (by 1956 until d., by descent to son); Dr. Quintus and Mrs. Wimala Fernando , Phoenix, AZ (until d. 2004, by descent to Barry Fernando); Dr. Barry Fernando , Phoenix, AZ (2004–2010; sold through John Eskenazi, Ltd. to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Buddhist Art of Sri Lanka," 2010.