- Museum number
- Object: Bodhisattva
Standing and turbaned Bodhisattva, originally in abhaya. The uttarīya is in the narrow mode and lies mainly on the left arm. The bunched cloth projecting on the usual girdled paridhāna shows a break which, given the turban as excluding Maitreya, may have been connected with a garland or flower held in the left hand. The drapery folds are mainly ridged and terraced with very distinct V-shapes in front of the left leg.
The long oval face is quite thin and the sharp features are close together; sharp edges for eyebrows curve round the side of the head, the firm is in high relief, the long narrow eyes are under heavy lids; a curling moustache spreads outwards from beside the narrow bare upper lip of a pursed mouth and the chin is full. The halo was plain.
On the turban a large, damaged, probably cylindrical bead over the forehead is connected through flanking knots and rosettes with two variously ornamental retaining bands running to the back and a third around the crest which is largely lost; the crest still shows a dovetail mortise for an inserted element. Between the bands runs a floral pattern, perhaps of flat stones. Above each ear a damaged projection forming a right angle of smooth surfaces does not readily suggest the more usual vertical loop. The lion protome earrings each have a swag of strung beads. Behind the ears long curling locks fall onto the shoulders.
The torso has raised breasts, a horizontal oval for a navel and a slightly swelling abdomen. The circular mortise below the right elbow is for attachment of the forearm. The collar is set with round and rectangular stones, that in the centre more prominently mounted, and has a beaded lower edge; the chain necklace of multiple strands has terminals each with an ornamented ring at the top of a cylinder, hatched perhaps to show the texture of its neck and ending in a horned monster head with a spiny beard curved backwards; a large multi-faceted bead is in between; a chain with small beads at intervals loops over the right shoulder and another similar loops over the upper arm. A long chain holds two crescentic amulets and two cylindrical boxes, one faceted. The visible armlet has a disc with a beaded edge and is set with stones forming a flower.
- Production date
Diameter: 14 centimetres
Height: 73.70 centimetres
Width: 29.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Compare the details of the turban with 1886.0319.1 and the crescentic amulets of the chain with 1889.0703.6.
- Not on display
- 1.Grey schist, broken and cracked.
2.Halo and turban crest damaged; forearms and feet lost.
3.Back with bottom of halo and shoulder loop of uttarīya outlined; backs of arms partly carved, showing drapery and some horizontal and diagonal chisel grooves. 4.Back of legs set in plaster and screwed into slate backplate supported on limestone pedestal.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased from General C. S. MacLean.
- Registration number