Andhra Pradesh or Tamil Nadu / Standing Buddha, probably Shakyamuni / 5th?6th centuryAndhra Pradesh or Tamil Nadu
Standing Buddha, probably Shakyamuni
5th?6th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Indian Sub-Continent; Indian; Andhra Pradesh
Creator Dates/Places: India
Creator Name-CRT: Andhra Pradesh or Tamil Nadu
Title: Standing Buddha, probably Shakyamuni
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 400
Creation End Date: 599
Creation Date: 5th?6th century
Creation Place: Andhra Pradesh or Tamil Nadu
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: bronze
Dimensions: H. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Description: Because few bronze sculptures survive from southern India before the eighth century, this standing figure of a Buddha is particularly important. Although it was reported to have come from the early Buddhist center of Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu, it is more likely that it was made to the north in Andhra Pradesh. The way in which the robe is worn, with the cloth pulled diagonally across the body and thrown over the right shoulder, while the left shoulder is bare, is typical of sculpture from the Krishna River valley in Andhra Pradesh. An active school of sculpture flourished there from the second to the fourth century, and the most important site was Amaravati, noted for its enormous stupa. In this example, the limited number of drapery folds may reflect influence from one of the centers that flourished in North India under Gupta patronage .
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1998.414
Credit Line: Purchase, The Chinese Porcelain Company Gift, 1998
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art . All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1998.414
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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