19th century, Kandyan period
Provenance: from a European private collector, acquired prior to 1990
The Buddha is seated in dhyanasana atop a waisted cushion engraved right the way round with a double row of stylised lotus petals. His gentle face displays a serene expression with downcast eyes below arched eyebrows, centered by a spiral urna, and his curled hair is topped by a stylized flame. His lips are pursed and flanked by long pendulous earlobes.
The robe is long and folded in a typical way for the Kandyan 19th century depiction of the Buddha, decorated with fine, wavy lines front and back.
The sculpture has a prominent flaming usnisha.
The feet are rectangular, the nipple is clearly rendered, the shoulders broad and rather square, the face rounded with a wide nose, and a single line to mark the eyebrow. The head is covered with tight curls.
The image has a very nice patina and is in very good condition.