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Torso of Buddha Shakyamuni, 7th-8th century

Thailand: Mon-Dvaravati period, 600-799
Sandstone
36-1/2 in. (92.7 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
F.1972.11.4.S
© 2012 The Norton Simon Foundation

Not on view

Carved in the round, this sculpture of the Buddha Shakyamuni is characteristic of the artistic style associated with the Dvaravati period (6th–11th centuries). The transparent, clinging monastic robe, which covers both shoulders, and the faintly suggested undergarment that sits below the Buddha’s navel are both hallmarks of the Dvaravati style as are the articulated kneecaps and hemline of the Buddha’s robe. Although this figure is no longer intact, in its original condition, the Buddha would have had both hands extended and in the gesture of teaching (vitarkamudra).


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