A green schist relief panel of the Entreaty to Preach
Swat Region, late 1st/early 2nd century C.E.
Beautifully carved with Buddha seated under the broad spade-like leaves of the Ficus religiosa, his hands resting in dhyana mudra. His enlightened countenance embellished with shallow incisions delineating Buddha's urna, irises, and beard. Deeper incisions define the ribbed folds of his heavy robe draping from his left shoulder over his knees and splaying in sharp stylized angles over his cushioned pedestal. With arms raised in anjali mudra, two flanking male worshipers wearing dhotis entreat the Buddha to preach his enlightened insights. A third diminutive figure stands in the top right corner, his right arm raised.
11 1/4 x 10 in. (28.9 x 25.4 cm)