G678.4] BRONZE BUDDHA
INDONESIA, PROBABLY SUMATRA
7TH – 9TH CENTURY
H. 19.5 CMS, 7 ¾ INS.
An unusual bronze figure of Buddha with an attractive brownish patina, standing on a double lotus pedestal and wearing a flaring sanghati, the right hand raised in vitarka (teaching)-mudra and the left in abhayamudra (the gesture of dispelling fear), the mouth with a gentle enigmatic smile and the eyes with an intense spiritual gaze, a circular nimbus behind the head.
Reference: For a similar Buddha from Palembang, Sumatra in the National Museum, Jakarta, please see plate 176 in A.J. Bernet Kempers, Ancient Indonesian Art, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1959.
Provenance: Private English collection.