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- Object: The Buddha
Standing Buddha, originally in 'abhaya-mudra'. A thick neckline shows the backthrow, and the dense drapery folds run in finely rounded thin ridges, in prominent relief between the legs. A hint of the antaravāsaka girdle shows between the two schemes.
The head, which looks down, is elegantly oval, with hair undulating from a peak into the uṣṇīṣa, which is a little tilted forward and has a small and circular central hole in the top. The eyebrows are a distinct edge, curving gently with a large ūrṇā between, and the long narrow eyes have heavy and prominent lids. The nose is broken and the lips are thin, pursed and shaped above a jutting chin. The concave ears are long and close to the head.
The left knee is flexed, the abdomen is lightly rounded and the halo is plain.
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Height: 56.80 centimetres (sculpture + base)
Weight: 14 kilograms
Width: 20.40 centimetres (base)
Width: 22.40 centimetres (scultpure)
Depth: 10.30 centimetres (base)
Depth: 11.60 centimetres (sculpture)
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf, 1996:
The term ‘backthrow’ refers to that part of the over-robe or outer-garment which is thrown over the left shoulder after the body has been draped.
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 (as in this figure) , 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
- Exhibition history
2015 24 Sept-15 Nov, Seoul, National Museum of Korea, Masterpieces of Early Buddhist Scultpure
- 1.Grey schist, broken and cracked.
2.Halo with edge sloping back and only partly intact.
3.Feet, garment edges and both forearms lost. There are remains of mortise on the 'abhaya-mudra' arm.
4.Carved onto the sides. The back bears vertical chisel grooves.
5.Set on modern limestone pedestal.
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