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Standing Buddha

Sri Lanka

Origin: unknown
size: inches 4,7 (12 cm)
Provenance: Private aquisition, Colombo 1980

The raised right hand of the standing ivory Buddha is shown in "abhayamudra-mudra", the left hanging at the side. A part of the ‘ushnisha’s’ flame is broken. Buddha wears a robe which only covers the right shoulder. The ears lobes are – following the iconographical tradition - elongated.

The praying Buddha from Anuradhnapura (3rd to 10th century) is a rare example of the rural style in Ceylonese ivory works which is not inspired by the Indian cultural area. There are relics of red painting. The praying Buddha from Anuradhnapura (3rd to 10th century) is a rare example of the rural style in Ceylonese ivory works. This is shown by the archaic, static composition. Some traces of red laquer are preserved. We have no indication which allows a more precise fixing of the sculpture’s age.

comp.: Pal, P., Sensuous Immortals, 1977


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