Historical period(s)
Pala-Sena dynasty, 11th century
Copper alloy
H x W x D: 48.4 x 14.3 x 13.3 cm (19 1/16 x 5 5/8 x 5 1/4 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. David R. Nalin
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Sculpture

Buddhist sculpture

abhaya mudra, Bangladesh, Buddha, Buddhism, casting, lotus, Pala-Sena dynasty (750 - 1100), WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

With one hand raised in the gesture of protection and the other holding the folds of his monastic robe, the Buddha stands in majestic serenity upon a lotus pedestal. His cranial wisdom bump is covered with small round curls, while a small jewel, now missing, was inset into the round mark between his brows, another sign of his superhuman perfection. The tight flat folds of the lower ends of his robe are typical of eleventh-century work under the Pala-Sena rulers of eastern India.

Published References
  • Susan L. Huntington, John C. Huntington. Leaves from the Bodhi Tree: The Art of Pala India (8th-12th centuries) and Its International Legacy. Exh. cat. Seattle, London, and Dayton, Ohio. .
  • Nihar Ranjan Ray. Eastern Indian Bronzes. Lalit Kala Series of Indian Art New Dehli: Lalit Kala Akademi. pp. 1-75.
  • Medieval Sculpture from Eastern India: Selections from the Nalin Collection. Livingston: Nalini International Publications. 62-63, 34.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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