A gray schist figure of a seated Buddha
Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century
Seated in dhyanasana over a cushion carved with a foliate pattern, his left hand in his lap holding the tip of his voluminous sanghati with further folds spilling from his lap over his ankles, his face in a serene expression with downcast eyes and crisp features, flanked by elongated pierced lobes, his wavy hair pulled over the ushnisha and backed by a nimbus with incised beaded rim
26 in. (66 cm.) high
Acquired in New York by 1970
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The carving of this sculpture is superbly executed, with sensitively modeled facial features and finely detailed fingers, carved from dark gray schist and highly polished. It is also rare to find the nimbus encircled by the beaded border.