Gandhara, early seated buddha

1st-2nd century, Gandhara, bronze with traces of gold leaf, Shakyamuni, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA).

1st-2nd century, Gandhara, bronze with traces of gold leaf, Shakyamuni, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA).

The historical buddha is depicted with a small moustache, a loose chignon and a sun-like nimbus. He is seated with his legs tightly clasped, showing the soles of his feet, which is incised with a ‘wheel of the law’ or cakra/chakra, as is the palm of his (very large) right hand. In his left hand he holds the edge of his robe. The draping of his garment, which covers both shoulders, is loosely arranged into several V-shape folds around his neck and forms a few irregular concentric lines over his chest.

Working Title/Artist: Seated BuddhaDepartment: Asian ArtCulture/Period/Location: HB/TOA Date Code: Working Date: photography by mma, Digital File DP123366.tif retouched by film and media (jnc) 3_23_12

The folds of the cloth continue at the back.

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