Standing Śākyamuni Buddha: 2021 New to the Collection


Period: Kushan dynasty

Era: 3rd-4th century CE

Place: Gandhāra

Material: Schist

Category: Buddhas

Size: Height 175 cm

Accession no.: 2021.01

Gandhāra is one of the important sites witnessing the development of Buddhist art in the Kushan dynasty. In addition to being the meeting point of Eastern and Western civilisations, it also drew on the characteristic elements of Indian art, and integrated them into its own Hellenistic art tradition. The art vocabulary of classical realism was adopted to interpret Buddhist stories and the images of Buddhist deities, and thus formed the anthropomorphic representations of the Buddha.

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