Standing figure of the Buddha Sakyamuni by Unknown Artist

Standing figure with stylised hair curls, skull protuberance (one of the 32 auspicious marks of Buddhahood) and 'wet drapery' defining the form of the body underneath.


Copper alloy
Height: 35.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£100,000 ( Total: £850,000)
Acquired in:
Private vendor

From the Gupta period, credited with creating the quintessential Buddha type. The style epitomises the culmination of the early period in Indian art and marks a watershed in terms of both Indian stylistic development and the spread of Indian cultural influence throughout Asia. The portable scale of the object suggests it may have been for processional/ritual use.


George Plouvier, Brussels; Baron F Rollin Collection, Brussels, 1968; Jeff Soref Collection, New York, 1982; private collection, Geneva, 1999.

Venue details

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Cromwell Road, London London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000

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