late 100s CE
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Bodhisattvas, who are one stage away from complete enlightenment, are depicted as royal figures because the Buddha himself was a prince before he renounced that life and finally achieved enlightenment. He wears elaborate jewelry, including a string of amulets diagonally across his chest. The garments are Indian, but the muscular torso is derived from Greco-Roman sources.


late 100s CE

Pakistan, Gandhara, Kushan period


Compassionate Bodhisattva

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