ca. 3rd–4th century
Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)
H. 20 in. (50.8 cm); W. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm); D. 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm)
Bequest of Adra M. Newell, 1966
Not on view
Such Buddha images were found in great numbers in the public sacred precincts of Gandhara. The Buddha’s right hand, now damaged, would have been held in abhaya mudra, a gesture of approachability. He wears the robes of a monk, but his urna (the dot on his forehead) and his extended earlobes denote his status as the Buddha. On the base of the sculpture is a seated figure of Maitreya, the Buddha of the future, who is being venerated by a man and woman who are likely the donors of this image.
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