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- Previous Owner(s)
Kapoor Galleries, Inc.
Sitting with one hand in his lap and the other extended downward, this Buddha exudes stillness and serenity. His earth-touching gesture symbolizes the moment of enlightenment, while his golden body, urna (forehead dot), and ushnisha (cranial bump) indicate his superhuman perfection. His patchwork robe and elongated earlobes are reminders that at Bodh Gaya in Bihar the historical Buddha gave up royal garments and heavy earrings to become a renouncer.
The hollow-cast copper image was created for an altar in Tibet, where gold was highly prized for its everlasting radiance. It was gilded in a process that demands skill and precision. A mixture of gold and mercury was applied to the surface and heated until the mercury evaporated and the gold adhered to the copper. The gilded surface then was polished with a smooth stone, and the eyes, mouth, and hair were painted.
- Published References
- Thomas Lawton Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 168-169.
- Collection Area(s)
- South Asian and Himalayan Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
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