Buddha Sakyamuni. China, 550-577 AD. Museum no. A 4-1924

Buddha Sakyamuni. China, 550-577 AD. Museum no. A 4-1924

Buddha Sakyamuni
North China
550-577 AD
Limestone with traces of gesso and paint, gilded
Museum no. A 4-1924

The simple clothing worn by this Buddha echoes the modest robes worn by the historical Buddha when he reached enlightenment after an intense period of meditation. Behind the figure is an ornate halo or aureole, decorated with flowers and an inner ring of lotus petals. The symmetrical composition of the sculpture intensifies the calmness reflected in the Buddha's face. Traces of red, black and green pigment on the head hint at the brightly coloured surface of the figure in earlier times.

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Purchased with help from The Art Fund and private donors