A BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI, Sri Lanka, 19th century, seated in dhyanasana on a lotus base with both hands folded in his lap in dhyanamudra, wearing a monastic garment, his gentle face displaying a serene expression with downcast eyes below arched eyebrows, centered by a spiral urna, and his curled hair topped by a stylized flame. His lips are pursed and flanked by long pendulous earlobes. The robe or civara is long and folded in a typical way for a Kandyan 19th C depiction of the Buddha, decorated with fine, wavy lines front and back. The sculpture has a prominent flaming usnisha or sirispata (protuberance) in a style that is typcial of Sri Lankan Buddha images. The feet are rectangular, the nipple is clearly rendered, the shoulders broad and rather square, the face rounded with a wide nose, and a single line to mark the eyebrow. The head is covered with tight curls-all these are typical of the 19 th Century Kandyan style. The Buddha sits atop a waisted cushion engraved right the way round with a double row of stylised lotus petals. The image has a very nice patina and is in very good condition.
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