Two Seated Buddhas


Two Seated Buddhas

Sculpture / Nara

Northern Wei dynasty, China, 6th century/Zhengshi 1, 504

Gilt bronze

Total H 12.3


These two Buddhas seated shoulder-to-shoulder and performing meditation mudras depict Sakyamuni and Prabhutaratna as described in the Kenhōtōbon passage of the Lotus Sutra. Their form is simple, but the vivid carving and brilliant gilding are impressive, making it a choice example of a Northern Wei small gilt bronze Buddha sculpture.

Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.136, no.168.

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