Kushana Buddha

This spotted sandstone of Buddha, smiling pleasantly, in 'padmasana' (lotus position) represents Shakyamuni offering the gesture of 'abhaya' or benevolence. There is an inscription below the seat that reads (the image was installed) by the monk (follower of Vinaya) on the 8th day of the first fortnight of 'hemanta' (winter) of the 19th year of the Great king Kanishka. This sculpture is a rare example of dated Buddhas of the Kushana period (1st-3rd century CE).

Indigenous Name
Kapardin Buddha Shakyamuni
Date/Period
19th Year of Kanishka (96-97 CE)
Region
Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India
Dimension
Object size: W 78 x D 26.3 x H 82.7 cm
Accession No.
2000-05627
Material
Red mottled sandstone
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Sculpture