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Standing Buddha

Date:
ca. 3rd–4th century
Culture:
Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)
Medium:
Schist
Dimensions:
H. 20 in. (50.8 cm); W. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm); D. 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Bequest of Adra M. Newell, 1966
Accession Number:
67.154.5
  • Description

    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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