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Standing Buddha, originally in 'abhaya mudra'. The over-robe covers both shoulders and forms a graceful neckline and distinguishable backthrow. The robe is secured by a loop of drapery in the left hand and hangs gathered below it in dense folds. The dense and regular major drapery folds are high ridges and terraces with rounded edges in the usual two schemes, a ridge under the abdomen clearly separating them.
The head is round to oval, the hair undulating densely outwards from a peak above the forehead and similarly on the flat-topped ūrṇā to the plain halo. The broad forehead is flat over low curving edges for eyebrows, and on the long horizontal eyes are prominent lids. The thin damaged nose has a round ūrṇā in relief low above it, and the mouth a pursed and sharp thin upper lip. The full chin is neatly rounded and the damaged ears are well formed and close to the head. The head, above a high neck, seems small and clearly looks down. The full chest hardly slopes to the abdomen and the right knee is flexed forward. Behind the lower part of the legs is a backplate and between them a vertical ridge.
The base has two compartments: on a chamfer a figure is framed between pilasters, and in front perhaps a monk can be made out.
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Diameter: 14.40 centimetres
Height: 90.20 centimetres
Width: 34.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf 1996:
The very damaged base may have had chamfered corners in the front and palmettes at the sides.
The two schemes mentioned relate to the arrangement of the drapery folds on the over-robe or outer-garment of Gandharan standing Buddha figures. There are two types of folds: major and minor folds. The major folds may consist of usually rounded ridges in varying relief, which may also be a little undercut from above to form shallow pockets and more mechanically distributed terraces. In between them there may be minor folds, usually thin ribs in very low relief. The alternation of major and minor folds may continue down the whole body (see 1889.1109.1), or may be concentrated on the upper part of the body (see 1899.0715.1). There are also sculptures where the minor folds are almost wholly absent (see 1902.1002.11). The folds are usually arranged according to two basic rules: the folds above the middle are generally centred on the right side of the body, and those downwards from it are distributed along a vertical line between the legs.
- Not on display
- 1.Broken, cracked, exfoliated and with soil incrustation.
2.The halo is damaged as well as some garment edges
3.Part of the base and feet are lost.
4.There is a dowel hole on the right forearm and cracks on the left forearm.
5.Carved on the sides and horizontal chisel grooves on the back.
6.Modern limestone pedestal.
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