The Gandhara region, unified under the Kushan dynasty during the first centuries of the Christian era, became the centre of a new artistic style. This style combined many outside as well as local influences into a homogeneous form, called at first Greco- or Romano-Buddhist, and afterwards Gandharan. The figure represented here is a Bodhisattva: a person who has the ability to reach Nirvana, but whose compassion for suffering beings postpones him doing so.
Gandhara Stone Statue of a Bodhisattva
A finely carved Gandharan grey schist statue of a Bodhisattva: he is represented in a seated position with his legs crossed, and with his hands in dhyanamudra. His face is serene, and has downcast eyes, a strong aquiline nose, and bow-shaped lips. His hair is coiffed in a chignon and secured in the centre. His right shoulder is bare; the left shoulder is draped; and a dhoti hangs below the waist. He is bejewelled, wearing an ornate head-band, earrings, animal-headed necklace on his chest, and bracelets on his wrist. Behind his head is a halo, which is partly obscured by a panoply of leaves from the sala tree. Below the dais can be seen a worship scene, with praying figures either side of a flaming altar. Supplied with a purpose-made stand (height with stand: 63 cms).
Condition: Complete, with a couple of breaks repaired and consolidated around the upper section around the halo.