Standing Buddha [Object of the Day #65]

September 17, 2012

Standing Buddah
Standing Buddha

This haloed Buddha was made in the ancient city of Gandhara in modern day Pakistan/Afghanistan in the 2nd Century AD. He stands on a plinth carved with two rosettes. His missing hands would have been held in mudras or hand gestures representing reassurance and wish fulfillment. The style of the flowing robe and curvy hair is characteristic of Gandharan Buddhist sculpture that has a strong Greco-Roman influence.

Penn Museum Object #29-68-1

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