Gandhara Sculpture of Buddha Shakyamuni


A Gandhara fragmentary grey schist carving, which depicts the standing figure of Buddha Shakyamuni. His head is slightly inclined to the left, and he has an ornate top knot, elongated ears, and urna to the forehead. He bears a meditative facial expression and has a halo behind. He holds an object in his left hand and wears a long pleated garment. Two naked diminutive figures look up in awe from below. The reverse is unmodelled, and the fragment is mounted on a purpose-made stand.

Date: Circa 2nd - 3rd Century AD
Condition: Fine condition, missing right hand and both feet; one of the diminutive figures with head missing.


Stone sculptures were produced in great quantities for the Buddhist monasteries of Gandhara. These images would once have been coated with a fine stucco plaster and painted, in order to give a more colourful appearance. Stucco itself, skilfully modelled around a mud core, was also used as an alternative to stone.

To discover more about Gandharan Buddahs, please visit our relevant blog post:  The Influence of Greek Art on Gandharan Statues.

Weight 6000 g
Dimensions H 32.3 cm



Gandharan Ideology

Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, accession number 67.154.5.