Gandhara region, archaic forms

4th century, Gandhara, Maitreya, bronze, at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (UK).

4th century, Gandhara, Maitreya, bronze, at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (UK).

Maitreya is standing on a lotus flower, he holds a pot of water in his left hand and does the fear-allaying gesture with the other. He wears a long dhoti and is adorned with jewellery,  a celestial scarf, a sacred cord, and a headdress with a crescent moon topped with a sun disc. The archaic style of this work is far removed from the Greco-buddhist style that the Gandhara culture is famous for. The feet and ankles are particularly thick, as on the sculpture below.

3rd century, Gandhara, Pakistan, monk, bronze, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA).

3rd century, Gandhara, Pakistan, monk, bronze, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA).

 

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