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- Object: The Buddha
Standing Buddha, his left arm raised. The over-robe covers both shoulders with a V-shaped neckline in relief, perhaps showing an undergarment, and hangs with a horizontal edge above the ankles, where an undergarment is clearly visible on the left leg. The drapery folds on the body are defined by paired narrow grooves and gathered drapery hangs below each hand. The damaged left hand is raised to shoulder level; the right, with thumb and index finger distinguishable, hangs by the side, perhaps seen through cloth. The face is oval and the hair undulates from the raised hairline into the low uṣṇīṣa. No ūrṇā is visible; the eyes with large lids are straight and narrow; the ears long and prominent and the mouth is horizontal and barely shaped. The head inclines slightly from a plain halo and the right knee is flexed.
- Production date
Diameter: 5 centimetres
Height: 25.40 centimetres
Width: 10.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf 1996:
A standing Buddha with his left hand raised and holding the robe usually appears on reliefs in subordinate or serial position, where there is more than one Buddha. The unusual position of the hands is probably an attempt to avoid uniformity. In sequences of the six Buddhas of the past followed by the seventh of the present age it would not be specific to anyone, for although these Buddhas perform a variety of gestures, they are not repeated within the groups and, furthermore, their distribution between groups is also inconsistent. Nevertheless, it might be possible that this Buddha was one of an enshrined set of separately carved figures forming a combination of Buddhas, such as the seven Buddhas.
- Not on display
- 1.Grey schist, broken and worn.
2.Left arm damaged; edge of halo chipped; uneven break above ankles.
3.Back with a few chisel grooves.
4.Small modern pinhole from back to front.
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