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Buddha Seated in Meditation

Divided Kingdoms period (1232–1597)
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 waisted lotus-vine pedestal, deep in meditation, the body displaying numerous auspicious marks (lakshana)—signs of his Buddhahood. Convention dictates that the Buddha has thirty-two mahapurusalakshana and eighty lesser marks, as witnessed by the forehead mark (urna), the flame protuberance (ushnisha), the extended earlobes and locks of hair, and the lotus markings 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.

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