Gandhara, seated buddhas – stone (2)

3rd century circa, Gandhara, Kushan period, Shakyamuni, schist, at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (USA).

3rd century circa, Gandhara, Kushan period, Shakyamuni, schist, at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (USA).

A singular portrait of Shakyamuni, with large hands, a thin moustache, wide-open eyes, his wavy hair arranged in a chignon made of regular loops, a small halo behind his head. The pleating on his sanghati also follows a geometrical pattern, like a long tape unfolding in superimposed layers. When seated, the robe normally covers the left shoulder only but this one covers both as if he were standing.

3rd century, Gandhara, Pakistan, Shakyamuni, schist, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (USA).

3rd century, Gandhara, Pakistan, Shakyamuni, schist, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (USA).

This classic work depicts him with thick curls, a large halo behind him, a small urna on his forehead, semi-closed eyes. His transparent robe covers only one shoulder and has transversal pleats throughout, the lower part is loosely arranged around the ankles and the middle part tucked under them.

2nd-3rd century, Gandhara, Shakyamuni, schist, private collection, photo by Christie's.

2nd-3rd century, Gandhara, Shakyamuni, schist, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Another classic but with wavy hair, both hands in the dharmacakra mudra, seated on a cushion over on a throne with claw feet decorated with a scene depicting two figures kneeling by a fire altar.

3rd century, Gandhara, Shakyamuni, schist, same as before.

3rd century, Gandhara, Shakyamuni, schist, same as before.

This buddha is seated on a throne supported by elephants on a cut-out plinth.

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