A schist figure of the Bodhisattva Shakyamuni
Ancient region of Gandhara, 3rd/4th century
Superbly carved, standing with his left knee bent, the heavy robe wraps around his athletic form with dramatic folds revealing his muscular torso adorned with a wide torque, elaborate necklaces, a string of amulets, and a jewelled armlet with granulated edges, the band around his right arm concealed beneath the tightly pulled folds, his moustached face with beautifully modelled heavy-lidded eyes and a raised urna, flanked by the swirls of his hair at the temples rising into an elaborate turban with a central jewel flanked by makaras and ichthyocentaurs.
39 in. (100.2 cm.) high