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His right hand raised in a gesture of 'Varada Mudra' religious discourse and argument.
Traces of paint and gilding, two of the five panels to his bejewelled crown damaged. A rectangular hole in his back once housing a reliquary
Ming Dynasty 16th Century
Size: 24cm high, 17cm wide, 12.5cm deep – 9½ ins high, 6¾ ins wide, 5 ins deep
During the Ming dynasty (1368-1644 AD) large numbers of bronze Buddhist images were made for devotional purposes in temples, household altars and monasteries of varying quality, and from very large to very small, the best being crisply cast and well finished. The decorated borders of this Buddha's robe have been painstakingly reproduced in the bronze. His face well modelled with a calm expression looking down through slender eyes, the pupils inlaid, his mouth half smiling, with two plaits of hair descending to each shoulder behind his elongated ears decorated with floral rings.