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19th Century Buddha, Sri Lanka

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Sri Lanka: Pre 1900: Item # 132538

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This standing Buddha from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) is in classic Ceylonese style with the folds of the form-fitting robe represented by evenly spaced horizontal lines. It is exceptionally finely carved of jack wood rubbed to a lustrous finish. The Buddha's right hand is raised in the abhaya mudra offering protection, and the left hand holds a book, symbol of insight. The intricate carving on the halo represents eight paths toward enlightenment, and the Buddha stands on a double lotus throne. In excellent condition, the carving dates to the latter half of the 19th century. The bottom part of the base below the lotus throne most likely was added at a later date. Dimensions: height 16" (41 cm), width 4 1/2" (11 cm), depth 2 1/2" (6 cm), diameter at base 5" (13 cm).