Online Collection

Collections



Asian Art Museum Logo
Standing Buddha with devotee
Place of Origin: India, Sultanganj, Bihar state
Date: 500-700
Materials: Stone
Style or Ware: Pala
Dimensions: H. 24 in x W. 9 in x D. 4 1/2 in, H. 61 cm x W. 22.9 cm x D. 11.4 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: B60S571
On Display: Yes
Location: Gallery 1

Description

Label: This image was unearthed in 1861 or 1862, during construction of the East Indian Railway. Buried with it was the largest bronze Buddha statue ever found in India. Seldom do we know exactly where an artwork comes from, and this instance is a welcome exception. On the front of the sculpture's base is a dedicatory inscription: "This is the pious gift of the monk [name unclear] for the attainment of supreme knowledge by his father and teachers and all living beings." (Based on a translation by W. Zwalf)

More Information

Inscriptions: "Buddhist creed" and dedicatory inscription naming donor: Illustrious Nukikya [or Nukikpa], the Kirata, is making this religious gift for obtaining superior knowledge by the oblations offered at the new and full moon unto the ancestors and all beings.
Exhibition History: "Leaves from the Bodhi Tree: The Art of Pala India (8th-12th Centuries) and Its International Legacy", Dayton Art Institute (11/11/1989-1/14/1990), Walters Art Gallery (2/17/1990-4/15/1990), Newark Art Museum (5/19/1990-8/26/1990), Smart Gallery, University of Chicago (10/9/1990-12/2/1990)
Label: This image was unearthed in 1861 or 1862, during construction of the East Indian Railway. Buried with it was the largest bronze Buddha statue ever found in India. Seldom do we know exactly where an artwork comes from, and this instance is a welcome exception. On the front of the sculpture's base is a dedicatory inscription: "This is the pious gift of the monk [name unclear] for the attainment of supreme knowledge by his father and teachers and all living beings." (Based on a translation by W. Zwalf)
Inscriptions: "Buddhist creed" and dedicatory inscription naming donor: Illustrious Nukikya [or Nukikpa], the Kirata, is making this religious gift for obtaining superior knowledge by the oblations offered at the new and full moon unto the ancestors and all beings.
Exhibition History: "Leaves from the Bodhi Tree: The Art of Pala India (8th-12th Centuries) and Its International Legacy", Dayton Art Institute (11/11/1989-1/14/1990), Walters Art Gallery (2/17/1990-4/15/1990), Newark Art Museum (5/19/1990-8/26/1990), Smart Gallery, University of Chicago (10/9/1990-12/2/1990)