- Gallery Text
Although its head, forearms, and lower legs are now lost, this majestic figure’s simple clothing identifies it as an image of the Buddha. A finely incised line at the abdomen and subtle ridges at the neck and shins mark the edges of the upper and lower garments of the Buddha’s monastic robes. Although intended to be viewed primarily from the front, it was conceived as a freestanding sculpture, as evidenced by its finished, gently modeled back. The forearms would likely have projected forward in a mudra, or symbolic hand gesture, associated with the historical Buddha Shakyamuni. Created during the Dvaravati period (6th–11th century), when Buddhism first flourished and Indian sculptural styles were introduced in Thailand, this sculpture reflects the influence of the late fifth-century Indian Gupta style, with its exquisitely subtle modeling, harmonious composition, and delicate balance between areas of light and shadow.
- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Standing Buddha
- Work Type
- figure, sculpture
- 7th-8th century
- Creation Place: Southeast Asia, Thailand
- Dvaravati Period
Level 2, Room 2740, Buddhist Art, The Efflorescence of East Asian and Buddhist Art
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- Physical Descriptions
- Light gray limestone (known as greenstone); Mon-Gupta style
- H. 58.4 x W. 25.4 x D. 8.9 cm (23 x 10 x 3 1/2 in.)
- [Spink and Son Ltd., London, 1988] sold; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1988.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Louis Sidney Thierry Memorial Fund and the Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane Fund for the Acquisition of Oriental Art
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- Publication History
"Acquisitions", Director's Report (Harvard University Art Museums) (1988/1989), 36-44, p. 38-39.
James Cuno, Harvard's Art Museums: 100 Years of Collecting, Harvard University Art Museums/Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, 1996), pp. 84-85
Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 31
- Exhibition History
Re-View: S228-230 Arts of Asia, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/31/2008 - 11/23/2008
32Q: 2740 Buddhist II, Harvard Art Museums, 11/01/2014
- Subjects and Contexts
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