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

Buddha Seated in Meditation

Period:
Divided Kingdoms period
Date:
16th century
Culture:
Sri Lanka. western regions
Medium:
Copper alloy with gilding
Dimensions:
H. 19 3/16 in. (48.7 cm); W. 14 3/16 in. (36 cm); D. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
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:
2010.67
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.