Aug 18, 2022
May 7, 2014
Aug 18, 2022

Blessed Lord Buddha

Blessed Lord Buddha

early 1800s

Gum tempera on paper, varnished

Overall: 57.8 x 48.3 cm (22 3/4 x 19 in.)

Gift of Dr. Obeysekera Ukwattage 1949.152


Text and Image in Southern Asia​ (Indian Painting and Himalayan rotation)

Did you know?

In many Sri Lankan images, the Buddha has a "flame of enlightenment" at the crown of the head.


Emphasized by rows of stylized flames and a flame at the crown of his head, the Buddha is honored by his followers, including multiheaded Hindu gods. The earth goddess and a devoted serpent appear below.

Despite its poor condition, this devotional painting retains the colors of the wall paintings inside the monuments where manuscripts were kept. When displayed on altars or stored in monastic libraries, manuscripts would be in an environment surrounded by images of monks, gods, and especially the Buddha.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.