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A large gray schist figure of a seated Buddha, Gandhara c. 3rd century A.D.
Reference No: AS116
A large gray schist figure of a seated Buddha, Gandhara c. 3rd century A.D.
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Seated in dhyanasana, with his hands in dharmachakramudra, dressed in a tight-fitting sanghati flowing elegantly over the left shoulder, the face with bow-shaped lips and heavy-lidded eyes, the hair pulled over the ushnisha, backed by a nimbus, the base with a fire altar. 

For similar examples, see Ingholt, Harold.  Gandharan Art in Pakistan.  Pantheon Books Inc (1957).

Condition: This sculpture from a larger relief judging from the unfinished back.  Weathered loss to the top of the nimbus, also some heavy weathering at the top of the brow and hairline of the figure.  The figure was once holding something, but the piece has been lost.  There is a crack starting at the base of the piece that runs up the center, decreasing in width as it travels upwards so that it is barely visible where it ends at the base of the neck of the figure.  There is some weathering, minor pitting, and some mineral accumulation throughout the piece.  Stands on a museum quality custom mount.

Dimentions: height 21 inches (53.34 centimeters), width at knees 11.5 inches (29.21 centimeters).

Provenance:  The Bernice Longazel private collection of Gandhara Art, acquired in the 1960's

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