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unknown1600-1700 C.E

National Museum - New Delhi
National Museum - New Delhi

Seated on a lotus placed on a circular pa=lain pedestal the
Buddha in bhumisparsa mudra is having a smiling
countenance. The most notable feature of the image is seen
in his outfit which includes a helmet, earguards, and armour
with cross-belt, wrist and arm bands. This figure most
probably represents the Buddha as a Nat deity. The cult of
the Nats was very popular with the people of Myanmar
before the advent of Buddhism in that country. At a later
stage the Buddha was admitted as the thirty-seventh Nat in
the list of Nat deities.

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  • Title: Buddha
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date: 1600-1700 C.E
  • Location: Indian Museum, Kolkata
  • Physical Dimensions: Wood 40x16x13 cm
  • Provenance: Myanmar
  • Accession Number: 7927

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