Buddha, bronze figure of, Marching. The figure, in marching position, is stiffle erect, the left foot forward; the left arm is bent at the elbow, the hand raised, palm outward; the right arm, braceleted at the elbow, is down. The ears are weighted, without earrings, and the hair, composed of small, spiky curls, is surmounted by a flame. Some of his features, which display the supernatural anatomy of Buddha, include projecting heels, long fingers, smooth skin the color of gold and elongated arms. The figure wears a straight, girdled robe,leaving the right shoulder bare. Traces of gilding remain on back of robe, under left arm, on hair and in ears.

Walking Shakyamuni Buddha, 15th century

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The historical Buddha, born Gautama Siddhartha but more commonly known in Buddhism as Shakyamuni (Sage of the Shakya Clan), renounced his princely life at age 29 after becoming aware of the suffering inherent in human life—disease, aging, and death. Several years later he attained enlightenment and devoted his life to teaching people throughout northern India about a means of escaping from forms of suffering. This was the beginning of what we now know as Buddhism. This sculpture highlights the Buddha as a teacher of the people, walking peacefully with his eyes lowered. It is a distinctly human presentation of Shakyamuni, in contrast to more iconic forms. This sculptural type, closely associated with the Sukhothai Kingdom of Thailand, flourished in the 1300s and 1400s.

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Details
Title
Walking Shakyamuni Buddha
Role
Artist
Dimension
50 1/2 in. (128.27 cm)
Accession Number
31.115
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Buddha, bronze figure of, Marching. The figure, in marching position, is stiffle erect, the left foot forward; the left arm is bent at the elbow, the hand raised, palm outward; the right arm, braceleted at the elbow, is down. The ears are weighted, without earrings, and the hair, composed of small, spiky curls, is surmounted by a flame. Some of his features, which display the supernatural anatomy of Buddha, include projecting heels, long fingers, smooth skin the color of gold and elongated arms. The figure wears a straight, girdled robe,leaving the right shoulder bare. Traces of gilding remain on back of robe, under left arm, on hair and in ears.