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The monk Shariputra, the chief disciple of the Buddha
Place of Origin: Myanmar (Burma)
Date: approx. 1850-1925
Materials: Lacquered and gilded wood with colored glass
Dimensions: H. 22 in x W. 14 in, H. 55.9 cm x W. 35.6 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Southeast Asian Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: B60S599
On Display: No

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In Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand the Buddha was sometimes shown flanked by two of his chief disciples. When depicted as freestanding sculptures, these monks in the Burmese tradition of the 1800s were differentiated by their body positions. Both faced the Buddha, sitting respectfully with their legs to one side. Shariputra, the disciple shown here, was placed on the Buddha's right and leaned forward as if listening attentively; the other chief disciple, on the Buddha's left, held his hands together in reverence.

These disciples, though they were contemporaries of the historical Buddha and legendary for their piety and power, may have seemed to sculptors more approachable than the Buddha and the celestial deities. Sometimes, as here, the sculptor imparts a sense of youthful tenderness.

Sculptures such as this are difficult to date with precision, as they have continued to be made.


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Exhibition History: "Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma" Asian Art Museum, October 23, 2009 - January 10, 2010
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In Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand the Buddha was sometimes shown flanked by two of his chief disciples. When depicted as freestanding sculptures, these monks in the Burmese tradition of the 1800s were differentiated by their body positions. Both faced the Buddha, sitting respectfully with their legs to one side. Shariputra, the disciple shown here, was placed on the Buddha's right and leaned forward as if listening attentively; the other chief disciple, on the Buddha's left, held his hands together in reverence.

These disciples, though they were contemporaries of the historical Buddha and legendary for their piety and power, may have seemed to sculptors more approachable than the Buddha and the celestial deities. Sometimes, as here, the sculptor imparts a sense of youthful tenderness.

Sculptures such as this are difficult to date with precision, as they have continued to be made.


Exhibition History: "Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma" Asian Art Museum, October 23, 2009 - January 10, 2010