On The Antiquity of Nepalese Metalcraft: The Buddha of Guita Bahi

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Figure 12: Standing Buddha
Northeastern India or Nepal, Gupta/Licchavi Period
Inscription dated Śaka Samvat 513, 591 CE
Overall: 46.5 x 15.4 x 13.4 cm (18 5/16 x 6 1/16 x 5 1/4 in.); without base: 35 x 13.8 x 10.5 cm (13 3/4 x 5 7/16 x 4 1/8 in.)
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1968.40

All Photos: courtesy Cleveland Museum of Art

Details: see thumbnails below
01 - head
02 - right hand
03 - left hand
04 - back
05 - from right side
06 - from left side
07 - detail of back

For images and reading of the inscription, visit Appendix 1: The Inscriptions: Inscription Fig 1/12.

Citations: Published:
Archives of Asian Art, XXIII (1969-70), P.62, Fig. 14: Buddha, Indian Gupta, presentation inscription dated 662 AD.

The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1969. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1969. Reproduced: p. 231
archive.org dated AD 662

Czuma, Stanislaw, 1970, “A Gupta Style Bronze Buddha”, CMA Bulletin, LVII, 2, (Feb 1970), figs 8,12,13,15: Buddha, India, Gupta Dynasty, presentation inscription dated 632-33 AD.

Slusser, Mary Shepherd, 1975, “On the Antiquity of Nepalese Metalcraft”, Archives of Asian Art, XXIX, (1975-76), with reading and translation of inscriptions by Gautamvajra Vajracharya fig. 5: Nepal, 591 AD.

Pal, Pratapaditya, 1978. The Ideal Image, catalogue of an exhibition at The Asia Society (New York: Asia House Gallery) no. 71: Nepal/India dated 591 AD

The Cleveland Museum of Art. 1978. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1978. (Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art) 1978. Reproduced: p. 290 archive.org dated AD 591

Von Schroeder, Ulrich. 1981 Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, (Hong Kong: Visual Dharma Publications), pl 74E, Dated 591 AD

Cunningham, Michael R., Stanislaw J. Czuma, Anne E. Wardwell, and J. Keith Wilson. 1998, Masterworks of Asian Art. (Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art), Reproduced: pp. 130-131

Sharma, Deo Prakash, and Madhuri Sharma. 2000. Early Buddhist Metal Images of South Asia: With Special Reference to Gupta-Vakatakas Period. Delhi: Bharatiya Kala Prakashan, 2000. Reproduced: fig. 41, p. 103

Czuma, Stanislaw, 2005. "Great Acquisitions and Southeast Asian Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art," Orientations, An Issue in Honour of Sherman E. Lee (Jan/Feb 2005), vol. 36, no. 1. Reproduced: p. 39, fig. 5

Pal, Pratapaditya, and Siddharth K. Bhansali. 2011. The Elegant Image: Bronzes from the Indian Subcontinent in the Siddharth K. Bhansali Collection. Mumbai: Marg Foundation, 2011. p. 36

Guy, John. 2016. "Parading Buddha in the Post-Gupta Age: A Newly Discovered Masterpiece of Indian Bronze Sculpture." Orientations 47, no. 2 (March 2016): 102-112.
Reproduced: p. 105 Northern India, Gupta period, inscribed and dated; likely 591 CE

Graldi, Aurora. 2018. "Travelling Icons and Travelling Donors: A Metal Buddha Image in The Cleveland Museum of Art." Orientations, volume 49, number 1 (January/February 2018), pp. 96-102, Figs 1-1b, Northeast India, Gupta dynasty, or Nepal, Licchavi dynasty, dated 591 CE