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Kandyan period
18th century
Sri Lanka, Kandy district
Copper alloy with gilding
H. (figure) 23 3/8 in. (59.4 cm); H. (incl. base) 25 9/16 in. (65 cm) W. 8 11/16 in. (22 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:
2010.68a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 242
This work represents Kandyan-period Buddha imagery at its finest. The figure’s physique is robust, and the full face lacks the softness of features found in lesser works of the period. Auspicious marks (lakshana) appear here, and the lowered left arm is a convention that persisted throughout the later Kandyan period.
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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