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Standing figure of Buddha
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The somewhat unrefined workmanship of this piece suggests that it was a locally made copy of a Gupta-style piece and, given its stylistic pedigree, could be one of, while perhaps not as refined as Indian-made images. The piece has an elegance and beauty of its own.

History of the Object
This figure was recovered from the Sri Vijaya period site of Kataha (Kedah) in the Bujang Valley of the Malay Peninsula. It was found in a 9th Century site but is done in the Gupta style which suggests that it was made somewhat earlier.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
H 20.6cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Bujang Valley, Kedah, Malay Peninsula 
Geography
Malaysia 
Time period
AD 5th century ~ AD 9th century 
Creation date
5th Century – 9th Century 
Function
Ritual object: Image of the Buddha – most likely placed upon an altar for worship. 
Acquisition
The piece was excavated by British archaeologist H.G. Quaritch Wales in 1941 from a site in Bujang valley, Kedah, in what was then British Malaya. It was brought to Singapore where it was deposited in the collection of the Raffles Library and Museum. This collection subsequently was inherited first by the National Museum in 1965 and ultimately by the National Heritage Board after 1993. The figure is presently on display at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore. 
Copyright
National Heritage Board, Singapore 
Acknowledgements
David Alan Henkel 
Owner
National Heritage Board, Singapore 
Museum
Asian Civilisations Museum 
Credit line
Collection of the National Heritage Board, Singapore 

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