Buddha Shakyamuni Bronze West Bengal or Bangladesh Pala period, circa 11th century
Lot 1020
A bronze enthroned Buddha Shakyamuni West Bengal or Bangladesh, Pala period, circa 11th century
US$ 5,000 - 8,000
£3,000 - 4,900

Lot Details
Buddha Shakyamuni Bronze West Bengal or Bangladesh Pala period, circa 11th century Buddha Shakyamuni Bronze West Bengal or Bangladesh Pala period, circa 11th century Buddha Shakyamuni Bronze West Bengal or Bangladesh Pala period, circa 11th century
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A bronze enthroned Buddha Shakyamuni
West Bengal or Bangladesh, Pala period, circa 11th century
Seated in bhumisparsa mudra with a simple robe draped over his left shoulder, his right shoulder bare. Rendered with a so-called 'short neck' and a now heavily worn downward looking face still conveys a serene expression and the raised ushnisha is set toward the back of the head. He is seated on a double-stepped platform that is raised by a pair of elephants flanking a central lion.
4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm.)high

Footnotes

  • Although the base is a purely Pala period Eastern Indian convention, the Buddha figure is stylistically more commonly associated with Burma. For a full discussion on the 'short neck Buddha type see Casey Singer, Tibetan Homage to Boddh Gaya, in Orientations, Vol. 32. no. 10, December 2001, pp. 44-51.

    Compare with a Buddha in Minnanthu at Tayokpye Temple, see Huntington Archive no. 51778. Also compare the rendering of the figures with a miniature stele of the Eight Miraculous Events of Buddha'a Life in the Norton Simon Museum fo Art, see Pal, Art from Sri Lanka & Southeast Asia, 2004, no. 180, p. 229.

    Provenance:
    Private German Collection before 1970
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