G673.1 BRONZE BUDDHA
INDONESIA, PROBABLY JAVA OR SUMATRA
7TH – 9TH CENTURY
H. 23.5 CMS, 9 ¼ INS.
A large and important bronze figure of Buddha with a deep green patina, standing with his feet apart, the right hand raised in vitarka (teaching) –mudra and the left holding the hem of his robe, the facial details precisely and exquisitely rendered, the mouth with a gentle enigmatic smile beneath a narrow pointed nose, the eyes with an intense spiritual gaze beneath a rounded usnisha, a circular nimbus behind the head with a cross motif, mounted on a beautiful polished hardwood base.
This figure shows clear influences from early Indian sculpture. The Rijkmuseum, Amsterdam, has a similar Buddha, attributed to Sumatra. Please see the following link: http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.2071
Provenance: Private English collection.