Standing Buddha

Standing Buddha

400s

Sandstone

Overall: 76.2 cm (30 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1943.278

Description

Sarnath is located near the ancient city of Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges River and is identified as the place where the Buddha gave his first teaching. During the 5th century, artists developed a new and consistent way of rendering the Buddha wearing a plain robe that clings to the body, without interrupting the beauty of its contours. Detailing is confined only to the edges of the garment and the halo, with its scalloped and beaded border. Here his right hand is held down in the gesture of gift-giving.

See also
Collection: 
Indian Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Sandstone

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