Seated Buddha and Bodhisattvas


Seated Buddha and Bodhisattvas

Sculpture / Nara

Tang dynasty, China, 8th century


Total H 104.5


Baoqingsi Temple, China


This work is one of the thirty-two existing examples from the statue group in Baoqingsi Temple, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China. It was distinctively expressed in early Tang style which absorbed the Indian influence. The middle statue was presented with hands and fingers in the position of Sokuchi’in mudra. This pose is related to the statue of Śākyamuni in Budh Gaya in India where he had completed self-discipline and enlightened to the truth.

Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.136, no.170.

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