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Fragmentary hand and forearm from the Buddha

  • Description

    This fragment belonged to a Buddha image of monumental size. The hand of the Buddha is raised towards the viewer in the fear-dispelling or blessing gesture. On the palm is the Wheel of Dharma, representing the Buddha’s teaching.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndianorth IndiaUttar PradeshMathura district Mathura (place of creation)
    2nd century AD (AD 101 - 200)
    Kushan Period (AD 50 - 600)
    Associated people
    the Buddha (active c. 560 BC - c. 486 BC) (subject)
    Material and technique
    pink sandstone
    55 x 40 x 18 cm max. (height x width x depth)
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    formed carved,
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    Credit line
    Purchased, 1997.
    Accession no.
  • Further reading

    Ahuja, Naman, ‘Early Indian Art at the Ashmolean Museum - Catalogue in progress’, 2016, no. 92


    • Ground floor | Room 12 | India to 600

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