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Buddha Shakyamuni

Buddha Shakyamuni, 12th century

Nepal or Tibet, 1100-1199
Gilt-copper alloy with traces of pigment
27-1/2 in. (69.9 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
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On view

Images of the Buddha from the Himalayan region of Tibet and Nepal are characterized by graceful postures and elegant modeling. The palm of the Buddha's right hand is marked with the lotus flower and displays the gesture of charity. While his form and iconography relate to Nepali Buddha images, the traces of indigo pigment in his hair demonstrate that he once graced a monastery in Tibet.

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