Description After the Buddha attained enlightenment, he set forth to teach others his path to spiritual freedom. The gesture that this Buddha makes refers to his first sermon and more generally to the Buddhist teachings, or "dharma". Through faint traces of paint within the eyes, he looks toward the beholder, who by venerating this sculpture venerates the dharma itself. This Buddha's wavy hair, his toned arm, and the folds of his monk's robe connect this sculpture with the artistic conventions of the Greco-Roman world, with which the ancient region of Gandhara had political and mercantile ties. Special characteristics of the Buddha's body that signal his heightened wisdom include his cranial protuberance ("ushnisha"), the dot between his eyes ("urna"), and his elongated earlobes.
- Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance Walter Shurkin, Albuquerque, after 1966, [mode of acquisition unknown]; John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2012, by gift.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2012
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