»Buddha the Philosopher» is a masterpiece of the Gandhara style (app. 200 A.D.) Opposites such as eastern and western art, the masculine and the feminine aspects, the heroic pose and contemplative demeanor are united in this sculpture.
Standing Gandhara Buddha:
Height: 42 "
Width: 15 "
Depth: 7 "
Weight: 117 lbs
Price: 720 EUR or 920 US$
Made of Mineros TM sandstone
suited for outdoors
A small iconography
This reconstruction of a fragment represents a masterpiece of the Gandhara Style (2.-3. century AD). The kingdom of Gandhara once encompassed what is now the Northwest of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and was at that time the easternmost part of our world of antiquity. The conquests made by Alexander the Great created a unique melting pot, where Hellenic art fused with Buddhist iconography. In the first centuries after Christ these styles reached the height of their artistic expression in the so-called Gandhara style.The artisans of Gandhara were the first to actually depict the Buddha – hitherto, He had only been alluded to in buddhist sculptures – using symbols like the bodhi tree or a throne.
Trademarks of the Gandhara style are the wavy hair, the open eyes, the greek profile and pronounced mouth, as well as the "wet" folds of the robe, modeled after hellenic statues of antiquity.
This statue depicts the standing Buddha of the later Kushan Period (2.-3. century AD), which originated at the TAKHT-I-BAHI monastery, one of the most important centres of early buddhism.
Here we encounter the Buddha as the pensive philosopher, giving his blessing. He is clad in a monk´s robe, his head bears all the marks of his supernatural powers – the Urna, the third eye on his forehead, and the Ushnisha, the top knot on his head.