Stele of a Standing Buddha
On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
Its dome-like cranial bump (ushnisha), stylized drapery, and elaborately decorated halo suggest that this Buddha was made during the brief reign of the Eastern Wei dynasty in northeastern China. The Buddha makes two hand gestures, or mudras: the hand pointing downward means “your wish is granted,” whereas the hand pointing upward (now partially broken) means “do not be afraid.”
Eastern Wei Dynasty
Eastern Wei Dynasty
53 × 23 × 8 in., 271 lb. (134.6 × 58.4 × 20.3 cm, 122.92kg) (show scale)
Painted inscription on reverse, in Chinese characters, to be read.
Gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, NYC, in honor of Arnold Lehman
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