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Buddha Shakyamuni in Meditation, 5th-6th century

Sri Lanka: Anuradhapura period, 400-599
18-1/2 x 12-3/4 x 6-1/2 in. (47.0 x 32.4 x 16.5 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Iuliana and Mark Phillips
© Norton Simon Museum

Not on view

The Buddha is seated in the classic meditation pose known as virasana, or heroic posture. An impassive and still figure, he is completely absorbed in a trance-like meditation. Several supernormal features indicate his divine status, including his elongated earlobes and his small, curly locks of hair.

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