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Standing Buddha Shakyamuni
SMV 30-1-7
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This figure of a standing Buddha shows the influence of the school of sculpture of Buddhapad, a small town situated at the mouth of the Krishna river not far from Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh, India. The Buddhapad Buddhas are related in style to the Buddhas of Amaravati but with a strong Gupta influence and they exerted a salient influence on the bronze sculpture of Mainland Southeast Asia and Indonesia. Although our example shows all the characteristics of the style of Buddhapad, the figure seems to be more slender and refined. It is an excellent example of the adaptation and refinement of traditional Indian art forms in the local context of Central Java.

History of the Object
The figure was collected by A.H. Smissaert, who was Resident of Yogyakarta from 1823 to 1825. It was bought in 1830 by the Museum of Antiquities in Leiden and was first described in 1842 and again in 1885 by C. Leemans, the director of that museum. In 1903 it was taken over by the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden. In mid-January 1930 the Leiden museum gave it to our museum in exchange for four vessels from Peru.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Bronze cast by lost wax process 
Measurements
Height 19 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Indonesia; Central Java 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 8th century ~ AD 8th century 
Creation date
8th Century 
Function
Object of worship and meditation 
Acquisition
Acquired by exchange from another museum in 1930. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State Property, Germany 
Museum
Five Continents Museum, Munich 
Credit line
State Museum of Ethnology, Munich, Germany 

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