University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:85-28-3A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Nepal
Date Made: 12th Century - 17th Century
Early Date: 1100
Late Date: 1699
Bhumisparsa Mudra
Inscription Language:Tibetan Language
Credit Line:Received from various sources, pre-1985
Other Number:85-28-3 - Other Number


Gilt bronze seated Buddha in bhumisparsa mudra. 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.

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Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012) View Objects in Exhibition

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