12th Century - 17th Century
Gilt Bronze Seated Buddha Nepal 12th-17th cent.(?) The brief information in our records and the conflicting opinions of scholars have made this handsome image a puzzle piece. It derives stylistically from a type of Pala image (10th-11th cent.) that was popular in India and the primary influence on Burmese scupture. The workmanship and some features of style are attributed to the craftsmen of Nepal who made many images for Tibet. The base of this image has an incised inscription in Tibetan script. At some time it travelled to Burma, perhaps as a royal gift. Museum records indicate that it was obtained from the royal palace in Mandalay at the time King Thibaw stepped down from the throne (1885).
Received from various sources
Current & Past Exhibitions:
Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)
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