Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Buddha with Radiate Halo and Mandorla

6th century
Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)
H. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm); W. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Credit Line:
Edith Perry Chapman Fund, 1948
Accession Number:
48.66a, b
Not on view
This image was likely used for personal veneration. The Buddha wears a typical Gandharan-style robe while his hair is reminiscent of images from Swat and Kashmir. Although the combined radiate halo and mandorla appears in Gandhara, this exact motif is found at the Afghan site of Bamiyan. The portability of such Buddhist images made them important vehicles for disseminating this hybrid Gandharan style.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bronze Sculptures from Asia," February 25, 1975–March 21, 1976.

Los Angeles. UCLA, Frederick S. Wright Art Gallery. "The Silk Route and The Diamond Path: Esoteric Buddhist Art on the Trade Routes of the Trans-Himalayan Region," November 7, 1982–January 2, 1983.

Sydney. Art Gallery of New South Wales. "Buddha: Transcending Space and Time," November 10, 2001–February 24, 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Pala-Sena Period," 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Buddhism Along the Silk Road," June 2, 2012–February 10, 2013.

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