A small bronze Buddha

Buddha is probably one of the earliest iconic representations of Shakyamuni from GandharaThis small bronze Buddha (16.8 cm) is probably one of the earliest (1st to mid-2nd century) iconic representations of Shakyamuni from Gandhara. He sits in a yogic posture holding his right hand in abhaya mudra (a gesture of approachability); his unusual halo has serrations that indicate radiating light. His hairstyle, the form of his robes, and the treatment of the figure reflect stylistic contacts with the classical traditions of the West. This Buddha shows closer affinities to Roman sculpture than any other surviving Gandharan bronze.

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© The Metropolitan Museum of Art



Categories: Art, Buddhism, Encyclopedia, History

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6 replies

  1. The small bronze Buddha looks like an actual human being – great

  2. What is he holding in his left hand?

  3. For some reason,this gives me hope.Thank you for sharing this.

  4. Can you date this figure?

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