Standing Crowned and Jeweled Buddha
India (Jammu & Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir)
H. 20 3/8 in. x W. 9 in. (51.8cm x 22.9 cm); D. (from hands) 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Gift of Ben Heller, 1970
Not on view
The Buddha is usually depicted in the simple garments of a monk. In Kashmir, a special form in which he wears rich jewelry and a crown, symbolizes either the great moment when Siddhartha attained enlightenment and became the Buddha or the splendor of the Buddha in his heaven, revealing himself to the Bodhisattvas.The high, three-part crown and full fleshy face are standard for sculpture from Kashmir in the eighth and most of the ninth century. The short, three-pointed cape with jeweled pendants that covers the shoulders and the upper part of the chest is also frequently found in representations of the crowned Buddha in Kashmir. It is occasionally seen in the Kushan art of Gandhara and is perhaps of Indo-Scythian origin.
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