16 September 2009
A green schist figure of Buddha
Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century
Seated in dhyanasana on a throne carved with lotus motifs, wearing a diaphanous robe draped in elaborate cascading folds, his face with a benign expression, elegant brows, raised urna, hair in finely incised locks, backed by a nimbus with a lotus petal border
9¾ in. (24.5 cm.) high
Private collection, Japan, 1990s
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For an example with a similar lotus-motif base and modeling of the figure beneath the drapery, see I. Kurita, Gandharan Art II: The World of the Buddha, 2003, cat. no. 191, p. 73.
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