Figure of meditating Buddha - ROM2003_599_5


Figure of meditating Buddha

Medium:Carved grey schist
Geography: Gandhara, Pakistan
Date: 3rd century AD
Period: Kushan Period
59.4 x 40.4 x 12.5 cm
Object number: 930.19.3
On view
Gallery Location:Sir Christopher Ondaatje South Asian Gallery
DescriptionThis seated Buddha is seated on a grass-covered cushion on a low pedestal, meditating in lotus position with eyes nearly closed. His robe covers both shoulders with prominent folds falling around body, hands resting in lap with palms up in gesture of meditation: "dhyana mudra." On the pedestal in relief are corinthian columns framing a symmetrical arrangement of five seated meditating Buddhas, separated by "sala" trees (the sacred tree associated with the Buddha's birth), flanked by two monks with hands clasped in gesture of worship: "anjali mudra."
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