Carved wood, lacquered and gilded
h. 11 5/16 in., w. 5 7/8 in., d. 4 3/8 in.
Gift of Konrad and Sarah Bekker, 1986
Gilded figure seated in bhumisparsa mudra. Fingers of both hands equal in length. Dexter hand resting on shin not touching base. Sinister hand resting on lap. Fingers curved upward. Dexter leg over sinister, dexter foot facing upward and very flattened sole. Legs abstracted into wedges. High bulbous finial separated from smooth hair by narrow curved band. A wider band goes around entire head. ‘Usnisa’ is indistinct merely curving up to the finial. Details of ear carved with long lobes curving outwards yet do not rest on shoulders.Facial features close together. Painted eyes and lips. Three wrinkles on neck. Long band over sinister shoulder nearly reaches lap and down to lower back. Seated on flat base. The robes do not extend onto base at all. Gold rectangular base has inscription on front, sinister side and back. Inscription is scratched on black lacquer which shows through gilded surface.