Pakistan, 7th c. buddha on lion throne

7th century, Swat Valley, Pakistan, historical buddha Shakyamuni, bronze, private collection.

7th century, Swat Valley, Pakistan, historical buddha Shakyamuni, bronze, private collection.

Few sculptures from the Swat Valley area have reached us with their back panel intact. This one  shows the sun behind the buddha’s head and some serrated flames all along the outer edge. The buddha, represented in the Kashmiri style,  is seated on a throne over a single-lotus base with pointed petals. The throne is supported by two lions with a curly mane. The fur on their chest is decorated with incisions and a has parting in the middle. The way the lions are represented (also common in Gilgit), the back panel, and the use of dark bronze differentiate such statues from those worshipped in Kashmir.

 

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