Exhibitions/ Art Object

Seated Buddha

1st to mid-2nd century
Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)
Bronze with traces of gold leaf
H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm); W. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); D. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Muneichi Nitta, 2003
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 235
This small bronze Buddha is probably one of the earliest iconic representations of Shakyamuni from Gandhara. He sits in a yogic posture holding his right hand in abhaya mudra (a gesture of approachability); his unusual halo has serrations that indicate radiating light. His hairstyle, the form of his robes, and the treatment of the figure reflect stylistic contacts with the classical traditions of the West. This Buddha shows closer affinities to Roman sculpture than any other surviving Gandharan bronze.
#7904. Seated Buddha, Part 1
#7904. Seated Buddha, Part 2
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Mr. Muneichi Nitta , Tokyo (until 2003; donated to MMA)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Light of Asia: Buddha Sakyamuni in Asian Art," March 4, 1984–May 20, 1984.

Seoul. National Museum of Korea. "Masterpieces of Early Buddhist Sculpture," September 24, 2015–November 15, 2015.

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