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Mathura: Torso of Buddha in attitude of protection, about 5th Century A.D. Mathura, Curzon Museum

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Title: Mathura: Torso of Buddha in attitude of protection, about 5th Century A.D. Mathura, Curzon Museum
Author(s): Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Gupta Period
Gupta Sculpture
stone sculpture
mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: At this period, Mathuran sculpture under the Guptas continues to conform to fairly geometric but not unpleasing fundamentals in the conception of the Buddha image, Mathura, being the first ceter to formulate a physical type for the Enlightened Buddha, maintained its older standards longer than the other regional schools so that for about 200 to 250 years their sculpture of the Buddha did not undergo much change, The curiously transparent 'string' drapery is characteristic of Mathuran sculpture in this transitional stage, but the origin of the motif is still under question, Here, the Buddha is shown in one of his most humanistic attitudes: uplifting his right hand as if saying 'peace,' but the gesture has been called the attitude of protection with equal validity, If we compare this Buddha with that from Sarnath (slide 9) we can see a difference in their physical make-up which can be used as an index for the two regional styles: the Mathuran Buddha has broad shoulders and chest while the Sarnath Buddha is more delicately built,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-823


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