A gray schist relief fragment with Vairocana
Gandharan, 3rd/4th century
Seated on a platform raised on a thick petal lotus rising from the swirling ocean, the future Buddha with his hands joined in act of teaching (vitarka mudra). His sanghati robes hang in heavy pleats covering his whole body and his hair arranged in rippling locks over the ushnisha. Standing to his left is an unidentified bodhisattva and two diminutive attendant figures at the base and by the Buddha's nimbus.
22 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. (57.1 x 34.3 cm.)