BRONZE STANDING BUDDHA


1 BRONZE STANDING BUDDHA

GANDHARA

CIRCA 5TH CENTURY

H. 17 CMS, 6 ¾ INS

An exceptionally rare and important bronze figure of Buddha, standing with his feet apart, wearing an ankle length sanghati, his right hand raised in abhayamudra (the gesture of dispelling fear) and his left holding the hem of his robe, the eyes and urna inlaid with silver, the reverse with a loop for the attachment of a nimbus, with traces of gilding in the recesses

For a larger, closely related bronze example in the British Museum, see cat. no. 212 in E. Errington and J. Cribb (eds.), The Crossroads of Asia. Exhibition Catalogue, Cambridge: Ancient India and Iran Trust, 1992.

See also nos. 4A-4I in U. Von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, Hong Kong: Visual Dharma Publications, 1981.

NOTE: Authenticated by a thermoluminescence test conducted by Laboratory Ralf Kotalla, Germany.

PROVENANCE: Private French collection.