Gandhara, Shakyamuni – stone

2nd-3rd century, Gandhara, Shakyamuni, schist, at the Lahore Museum (Pakistan).

2nd-3rd century, Gandhara, Shakyamuni, schist, at the Lahore Museum (Pakistan).

Shakyamuni stands on a plinth decorated with figures standing near a fire altar, his robe covering both shoulders, his feet bare, the left hand holding a piece of his garment, the other (probably) doing the fear-allaying gesture. He has life-like facial features, a raised urna on his forehead, thick wavy hair piled into a soft bun.

Same as before, private collection, photo by Christie's.

Same as before, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Shakyamuni,  accompanied by a royal donor,  with a plump face and a solar disc behind his head.

3rd century, Gandhara, Pakistan, grey schist, at the New Delhi National Museum.

3rd century, Gandhara, Pakistan, grey schist, at the New Delhi National Museum.

More often than not the halo is just a plain disc. The above stands on a lotus base, with a row of stamens and two rows of petals going downwards.

3rd century, Gandhara, Pakistan, Kushan period, Shakyamuni, schist, at the Peshawar Museum (Pakistan).

This one, on a plinth decorated with a floral motif.

3rd-4th century, Gandhara, Shakyamuni, schist, at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum

3rd-4th century, Gandhara, Shakyamuni, schist, at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum

As we have seen with bronze sculptures from the area, he sometimes has abnormally reduced legs and feet.

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