Standing Buddha

unknown400-500 C.E

National Museum - New Delhi

National Museum - New Delhi

An aesthetically superb example of Gupta art, the standing
Buddha holds with his left hand one end of the robe which
closely fits the body. The right hand is in abhaya mudra
suggesting quelling of fear and promising assurance and
protection. The transparent drapery, the drooping eyes, the
trivali marks of mahapurusha on the neck and, above all, the
arrangement of the hair in small curls are features common
to all the figures of the Sarnath School of the Gupta art. The
delicately carved nimbus of lotus creeper motif behind the
head, however, has largely broken off. The crease-less robe
of the Sarnath School differentiates it from the Mathura
type, where the folds are prominent. A feature that is
restricted to the Gupta period is the webbed fingers of the
Buddha. This mahapurusha lakshana is seen here.

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  • Title: Standing Buddha
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date: 400-500 C.E
  • Location: Indian Museum, Kolkata
  • Physical Dimensions: Sand stone, 120x51x16cm
  • Provenance: Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh
  • Accession Number: S 16