Seated Buddha Shakyamuni In Meditation With Hands In Dhyana-Mudra And With Flaming Shoulders
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Seated Buddha Shakyamuni in Meditation with Hands in Dhyana-Mudra and with Flaming Shoulders
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Seated Buddha with Flaming Shoulders
Alternate Title: Sakyamuni
Work Type
3rd-4th century
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Six Dynasties period, 220-589
Level 1, Room 1610, Buddhist Sculpture, Buddhism and Early East Asian Buddhist Art
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Physical Descriptions
Gilt bronze; Gandhara type
H. 32 x W. 24 x D. 13 cm (12 5/8 x 9 7/16 x 5 1/8 in.)
[Yamanaka & Co., New York (by 1940)] sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York (by 1940-1943), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Publication History

Dorothy W. Gillerman, Gridley McKim-Smith, and Joan R. Mertens, Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1969), no. 063, pp. 72-73

W. Chie Ishibashi, "East Asian Buddhist Bronzes: A Comparative Analytical Study and a Preliminary Report" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, August 1977), Unpublished, passim

Max Loehr, "Aesthetic Delight: An Anthology of Far Eastern Art", Apollo (New Series), Apollo Publications Inc. (London, England, May 1978), vol. CVII, no. 195, pp. 414-421, p. 415, fig. 3

Kristin A. Mortimer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge, MA; New York, NY, 1985), no. 17, p. 24

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 30

Christoph Baumer, The History of Central Asia: The Age of the Silk Roads, I. B. Tauris (London, 2014), p. 48, fig. 30

Leopold Swergold, Thoughts on Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes (n.p., 2014), p. 16, ill. p. 17

Exhibition History

Re-View: S228-230 Arts of Asia, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/31/2008 - 11/23/2008

32Q: 1610 Buddhist Art I, Harvard Art Museums, 11/01/2014

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