March 9, 2013
Podcast Project: Comparative Report
Basic Data: Unknown artist; Buddha Shakyamuni; India, Uttar Pradesh; c. Late 6th Century; copper alloy with traces of paint. LACMA, M.70.17, Gift of the Michael J. Connell Foundation. Comparative Artwork #1:
Basic Data: Unknown artist; Buddha Shakyamuni or the Jina Buddha Vairochana; India, Jammu and Kashmir, Kashmir region; c. 725-750; brass inlaid with silver. LACMA, M.69.13.5, From the Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, Museum Associates Purchase.
Rationale for Selection: I have chosen this sculpture for my first comparative object mainly because it was constructed in the same material and roughly in the same time frame and location as LACMA’s Buddha Shakyamuni. Similar to the Buddha Shakyamuni, the Buddha Shakyamuni or the Jina Buddha Vairochana was made in brass, which is an alloy of copper and zinc. The two sculptures possess the same element of copper, giving them both a very smooth and brilliant finish. They both share a similar height, with the comparative sculpture measuring 40.64 cm. and the primary measuring 39.37 cm. Although the comparative sculpture dates a couple centuries ahead of the Buddha Shakyamuni, they both originate from regions of India. Both depict the Gautama Buddha, which refers to Shakyamuni Buddha or “The Awakened One of the Shakya Clan”.1 There are traces of dark paint that can be seen on both the sculptures, similarly within the drapery of the robes. Both of the Buddha figures depicted share some of the same common characteristics the Buddha possesses, such as the long fingers, slender thighs, soft skin and an erect and upright body. It is these similarities between the two sculptures that can possibly help grasp an understanding of how art in India developed after the Gupta Era.
Results of Comparison: The result of both Buddha Shakyamuni and Buddha Shakyamuni or the Jina Buddha Vairochana sharing these numerous similarities suggests...
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