Standing Buddha. Date: ca. 3rd-4th century; Culture: Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara); Medium: Schist; Dimensions: H. 20 in. (50.8 cm); W. 7 1/4

- Image ID: X7BHFD
Standing Buddha. Date: ca. 3rd-4th century; Culture: Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara); Medium: Schist; Dimensions: H. 20 in. (50.8 cm); W. 7 1/4
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Image ID: X7BHFD
Standing Buddha. Date: ca. 3rd-4th century; Culture: Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara); Medium: Schist; Dimensions: H. 20 in. (50.8 cm); W. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm); D. 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm); Classification: Sculpture; Credit Line: Bequest of Adra M. Newell, 1966 / Such Buddha images were found in great numbers in the public sacred precincts of Gandhara. The Buddha´s right hand, now damaged, would have been held in abhaya mudra, a gesture of approachability. He wears the robes of a monk, but his urna (the dot on his forehead) and his extended earlobes denote his status as the Buddha. On the base of the sculpture is a seated figure of Maitreya, the Buddha of the future, who is being venerated by a man and woman who are likely the donors of this image.