Buddha Sakyamuni seated on a lotus throne


Anonymous - Buddha Sakyamuni seated on a lotus throne
Small bronze votive sculptures were predominantly made for use in home shrines and facilitated the spread of Buddhist iconography throughout the Chinese territory. In the beginning, they mostly portrayed the historical Buddha Shakyamuni. However, the form of the statues changed with the developing Buddhist doctrine and the classic arrangement with a single figure of the seated Buddha was later replaced by more intricate settings. Apart from the historical Buddha, mostly Maitreia – the Buddha of the Future – and Amitabha, who was believed to reign over the Buddhist Paradise called The Pure Land, were depicted.
measurements: height 13 cm
in collections:
material: bronze
technique: gilding
inventory number: Vp 1821
gallery collection: Collection of Asian and African Art