Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sculptures of Springfield: Buddha

Interesting Places I've Photographed
Buddha Statue 
Springfield, MA
Topic: Sculptures of Springfield

GPS: N42 6.224; W72 35.115 

Short Description:

The Buddha statue is located outside the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum at the Quadrangle in Springfield.

Long Description:

The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum is a Victorian-style museum featuring decorative arts and paintings that were collected by George Walter Vincent Smith and his wife, Belle, during the late 1800s. It  including the largest Chinese cloisonn√© collection outside of China.

The Ancient Treasures Gallery displays objects from ancient Egypt, China, Greece and Rome. The Japanese Arms and Armor Gallery, displays the Smith's collection of Oriental armor.

The collection is housed in an ornate Italianate  building which includes a loggia. One item from the collection is on display underneath the porch of the loggia. There you will find a 5' high metal statue of a Buddha.

The Buddha is standing on simulated sculpted rocky surface. He is wearing flowing robes with a long rope belt. His hair id tied up in a knot and he is smiling. His left hand is cupped in front of his chest and his right hand is held vertically above his left hand.

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