Nepal, early Licchavi stone buddha

5th-6th century, Nepal, Shakyamuni, stone, at the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, UK).

5th-6th century, Nepal, Shakyamuni, stone, at the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, UK).

The historical buddha is seated in the lotus position on a throne supported by two lions, decorated with a couple of deer at the front. The facial features are in the Indian Gupta Style. His see-through upper garment covers both shoulders. We will notice that the shoulders are square, the arms sturdy, the hands large and the lower limbs long, but the feet of the buddha are tiny. His ankle-length dhoti seems to be made of crinkled fabric;  the ends are neatly tucked under his ankles and form a geometrical pattern over the edge of the throne, itself incised with squares and circles. The whole composition of the buddha and the backrest or cloak forms a triangle.

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