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Buddha - The Sultanganj Buddha

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1885A1116
Collection:Antiquities - Asia
Date:500 AD - 700 AD


This bronze statue of the Buddha was of the first objects to enter the collections, and remains among the most significant works in Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery.The Sultanganj Buddha is the largest known complete Indian bronze sculpture. Cast by the lost-wax technique on a clay core, this statue was excavated by E B Harris, a railway engineer, at Sultanganj in northern India during the course of railway construction in 1862.

Presented by Samuel Thornton, 1864.

Further Information

Production Period:6th or 7th century
Medium:Bronze, lost wax casting.
Place of Origin:Sultanganj, India
Place of Excavation:Sultanganj, Bengal, India


Height:223 cm