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- Object: The Buddha
Standing Buddha, originally in 'abhaya-mudra'. The widely spaced terraced drapery folds are in two schemes and the hair, in wavy lines from a high hairline, continues into a large and low uṣṇīṣa secured by a band. The plump oval face lacks an ūrṇā, the uneven eyes are slightly oblique with prominent lids, the mouth is small and the ears have long lobes.
There is little modelling on the body. The left knee juts out prominently; below, the damaged legs, feet and long toes are all mechanically rounded. The pendent left hand, holding a small loop from the robe, has a short length of gathered drapery behind and below it. The halo is plain.
- Production date
Diameter: 5.20 centimetres
Height: 26 centimetres
Width: 9.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf 1996:
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.Grey schist, broken, cracked, rejoined and with soil incrustation.
2.Broken halo with flat broad edge that has been partly reattached.
3.Carved onto sides
4.'Abhaya-mudra' forearm damaged
5.Rejoined base now incomplete and pitted bottom.
6.Vestige of a pinhole between the legs and remains of a wooden plug on the lower back.
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