Standing Shakyamuni, 150-200 AD


Standing Shakyamuni, 150-200 AD

Pakistan, probably Takht-i-Bahi, Gandhara style

Schist, Overall: h. 119.70 cm (47 1/8 inches)

Combining elements from both the Greco-Roman and Indian worlds, the artists of Gandhara created a new vision of the Buddha during the period of high contact between the two regions. They were among the first to show the Buddha with a placid and introspective expression, thick wavy hair, and clothed in a heavy, toga-like monk’s robe. They retained the local preference for soft volumetric forms of the body, noticeable beneath the garment as it pulls and hangs in naturalistic pleat lines over the figure.

Source: Cleveland Museum of Art