These fragments are from an elaborate halo that once adorned a larger-than-life-size Buddha or bodhisattva. The larger Buddha fragment holds his right hand in abhaya mudra, a gesture of approachability. The style of the robes attests to an interest in the classical forms of Gandhara.
Site of Dandan-Uiliq
[ Emil Trinkler , Bremen, Germany, excavated or purchased in Tibet or Turkestan during 1927–1928 Trinkler expedition; sold to Kleijkamp by 1930]; [ Jan Kleijkamp , New York, by 1930, sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Buddhism Along the Silk Road," June 2, 2012–February 10, 2013.