Stone sculptures were produced in great quantities for the Buddhist monasteries of Gandhara. These images would once have been coated with a fine stucco plaster and painted, in order to give a more colourful appearance. Stucco itself, skilfully modelled around a mud core, was also used as an alternative to stone.
Gandhara Sculpture of Buddha Shakyamuni
A Gandhara fragmentary grey schist carving, which depicts the standing figure of Buddha Shakyamuni. His head is slightly inclined to the left, and he has an ornate top knot, elongated ears, and urna to the forehead. He bears a meditative facial expression and has a halo behind. He holds an object in his left hand and wears a long pleated garment. Two naked diminutive figures look up in awe from below. The reverse is unmodelled, and the fragment is mounted on a purpose-made stand.
Condition: Fine condition, missing right hand and both feet; one of the diminutive figures with head missing.