- Museum number
- Object: Bodhisattva
Abhaya hand with a wrist from an image of a Bodhisattva. The fingers and thumb are webbed, that is, joined by thin stone membranes below the nails; the thumb projects sideways, the raised index and middle fingers are close together, the fourth and little finger form another pair curved farther inward. On the back the curved fingers are smoothly rounded and show nails; inside they are articulated with one or two lines. On the palm are lines and contours, particularly at the base of the thumb and the fingers. The two bracelets do not appear to be joined: a damaged plain bangle nearer the wrist now shows only one oval ornament in relief; the other seems moulded with a succession of beads, the largest in the middle. Above them a semi-circle in relief must be the uttarīya. The tenon, though damaged, seems rectangular.
- Production date
Diameter: 4 centimetres (arm)
Length: 17.10 centimetres
Width: 7 centimetres (hand)
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf 1996:
The sculptural device of protecting fingers from breakage by a stone membrane between them may correspond to what are described as 'webbed fingers' in the texts.
For examples of dovetail mortises for forearms see 1880.218 and 1880-198.
- Not on display
- 1.Light grey schist, broken, chipped and rejoined.
2.Tenon and bracelet broken; tips of fourth and little fingers lost; tops of thumb, index and middle fingers reattached.
3.Section of arm round broken tenon smooth.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Collected by Dr H. W. Bellew.
- Registration number