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- Object: The Buddha
Seated Buddha in 'abhaya-mudra'. The low and narrow neckline shows the backthrow of the over-robe. Edges of this garment run from the raised arm onto the right thigh and lap, and the fall of gathered drapery from under the left hand, which is held above the lap, spreads onto the seat. An edge of the backthrow hangs under the left forearm. Part of the left sole is visible on the right and the legs show different drapery patterns, V-shaped on one knee and stretched towards the hand on the other. The dense drapery folds are terraced and ridged with rounded edges. The head is oval to round, the hair undulating in thick strands from a peak on the curved hairline into the low and wide uṣṇīṣa. The forehead is low, the long and narrow eyes are rounded under sharp curved edges for eyebrows and an incised ūrṇā is incomplete. The upper lip hints at a moustache and the full chin narrows with the oval face. The ears stick out unevenly with long and deeply grooved lobes. The face is somewhat flat with regular and prominent features.
The chest is broad with rounded breasts. The right forearm has a flattened underside; the damaged 'abhaya-mudra' hand, attached by a thick strut to the shoulder, shows modelling; the left hand is plump, webbed between thumb and index finger, with rounded tapering fingers in different positions.
The seat has thick undulating grass on its top, its face has five frames with an open flower motif and its sides are flat and plain.
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Diameter: 10 centimetres
Height: 52.70 centimetres
Width: 36.20 centimetres
- 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. For the drapery patterns visible on the legs, see also 1902.1002.5 and compare 1929.1104.1 and 1902.1002.3.
- Not on display
- 1.Light grey schist, broken.
2.Halo vestigial beside neck; damaged 'abhaya-mudra' hand.
3.Carved onto sides. Some exfoliation on seat and bottom flat and rough.
4.Back rough and uneven, sharing damage that caused the loss of the halo.
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