Pakistan, ancient region of Gandhara
Bronze with traces of gold leaf; H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm), W. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm), D. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Gift of Muneichi Nitta, 2003 (2003.593.1)
This small bronze Buddha is probably one of the earliest iconic representations of Shakyamuni from Gandhara. He sits in a yogic posture holding his right hand in abhayamudra (a gesture of approachability); his unusual halo has serrations that indicate radiating light. His hairstyle, the form of his robes, and the treatment of the figure reflect stylistic contacts with the classical traditions of the West. This Buddha shows closer affinities to Roman sculpture than any other surviving Gandharan bronze.