Date Made/Found: around 1450
Material and Medium: Ivory, wood
Dimensions: Overall: 197 x 80 x 60mm (7 3/4 x 3 1/8 x 2 3/8in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.231
This is a figure of a Buddha. In Buddhism, any person who has attained enlightenment and awakened from the sleep of ignorance without instruction, and teaches it to others, is called a Buddha.
This Buddha is dressed in the simple robes of a monk, as the historical Gautama Buddha dressed. He stands with his right hand in the gift-bestowing gesture of compassion with the palm turned outwards. His hair is in tight curls, one of the marks of the Buddha. It is said that when Prince Siddhârtha left the palace he chopped his long hair off and it sprang into curls.
Another mark is his long earlobes, which were stretched by the heavy jewellery he wore as a prince. In the centre of his head is a protuberance called Usnisa, a mark of the attainment of supreme wisdom and another attribute of Buddhahood.Display Location: