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seated Buddha in padmasana (lotus position)
  • China
  • seated Buddha in padmasana (lotus position), circa 800s, Tang Dynasty (618–907)
  • Where object was made: China
  • marble, pigment traces
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 28 x 15 x 15.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 x 5 7/8 x 6 1/8 in
  • Museum purchase: R. Charles and Mary Margaret Clevenger Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2009.0126

The Buddha is seated on a pedestal base carved with lotus petals, with left hand resting on the left leg, wearing layered robes. The robes covers the left shoulders of the Buddha and flows over the left foot and fall around the body and over the edges of the upper platform carved in back with further lotus petals. The sculpture has some traces of dark green, red and black pigment. The head and right arm are missing.