This statue of the Buddha as a teacher reflects the zenith of the Gandhara school.
Inspired by greek sculptors from Persia this hellenistic style evolved from the first until the fourth century A.D.
Height: 21 "
Width: 11 "
Depth: 3,15 "
Weight: 41 lbs
Price: 225 EUR or 288 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 sculpture – 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 sculpture represents one of the earliest portrayals of Buddha, showing Him as a teacher, his hands making the gesture of turning the Wheel of the Teaching ( the dharmachakra mudra ) in reference to his first sermon. 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.