<em>Head and Torso of a Buddha</em>, 14th century. Bronze, 38 x 22 1/2 x 11 in., 189 lb. (96.5 x 57.2 x 27.9 cm, 85.73kg). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by the Charles Bloom Foundation, Inc., in memory of Mildred and Charles Bloom, 88.94. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 88.94_PS11.jpg)

Head and Torso of a Buddha

Medium: Bronze

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:14th century

Dimensions: 38 x 22 1/2 x 11 in., 189 lb. (96.5 x 57.2 x 27.9 cm, 85.73kg)


Museum Location: Asian Galleries, North, 2nd floor (Japan)

Accession Number: 88.94

Image: 88.94_PS11.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Identified by his usual attributes: raised snail curls and ushnisha (cranial protuberance), elongated earlobes, downcast eyes, and vallis (three lines on neck). The figure's expansive chest is particularly covered by a transparent garment covering only the left shoulder and ending in a narrow shawl flap. The right section of the chest is unclothed in the fashion typical of the period. The type belongs to the so-called "Lion-type group", so-named for the image of Buddha as Sakyasinha the "Lion of the Sakyas." Since the arms are missing we cannot date the piece specifically, or confirm identification as Sakyamuni in Earth-touching pose or with his hands and begging bowl in his lap. The stylized modeling and proportions are heroic and classic of the period: the breadth of the shoulders in relation to the size of the head; the depression of the naval; the length of the earlobes; and the modeling of the torso in relation to the sweep of the garment. This is emphasized by the exaggerated features of his physiognomy. The patina is a dark green color. Conditions: The flame finial of the ushnisha is void. The figure's left arm from the shoulder and the right from above the elbow are void. The surface of the area around the left breast and a section of the chest are unevenly corroded, but intact.

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