Buddhas with unusual features

3rd-4th century, Gandhara, Shakyamuni, polychrome stucco, private collection, photo by Christie's.

3rd-4th century, Gandhara, Shakyamuni, polychrome stucco, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This is a rare image of the historical buddha with his right arm under his robe, the hand coming out from above to hold the cloth.

4th century circa, Afghanistan, infant buddha, private collection.

4th century circa, Afghanistan, baby buddha, private collection.

If sculptures of Shakyamuni as an infant are few, those of him as a baby are even fewer. The above is adorned with jewellery, a scarf and a flower in his soft curly hair.

5th-6th century, Pakistan, Kahujo Daro, Shakyamuni, terracotta, at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (UK).

5th-6th century, Pakistan, from the Kahu-jo Daro stupa, Shakyamuni, terracotta, at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (UK).

This famous buddha’s halo is decorated with a singular floral and foliate relief.

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