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Standing Bodhisattva
Title Standing Bodhisattva
Title2 Standing Bodhisattva Dedicated by Buddhamitra
Museum Name Allahabad Museum, Allahabad
Gallery Name Early Sculpture
Object Type Sculpture
Main Material Stone
Component Material II Stone
Component Material III Stone
Manufacturing Technique Chisiling and Carving
Main Artist Not Known
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data Not Known
Author NA
Country India
Provenance Kaushambi, Uttar Pradesh.
Origin Place Kaushambi, Uttar Pradesh.
Find Place Kaushambi, Uttar Pradesh.
Scribe NA
Style Kushana
School NA
Patron/Dynasty Kushana
Period / Year of Work C. 1st Century CE
Inscription The square pedestal bears the following inscription. It was published in Epigraphica Indica. (El XXIV (1937-38), p. 212]. Line 1 [Ma]h[a]rajasya Kan[i]shkasa samva[tsa]r[e]2 h(e) 2 di 8 Bodhisatvo(ttvam) pra[ti]- Line 2 [shtha]payati bhikhuni Buddhamitra trepit[i]ka bhagavato 'Buddhasa cha[m]kame 'In the year 2 of Maharaja Kanishka, on the 8th day of the 2nd (month) of Hemanta, (Buddhist) nun Buddhamitra, who is well-versed in the Tripitaka, sets up (this image of) Bodhisattva at the promenade of the Lord Buddha.
Tribe NA
Costume NA
Culture NA
Dimensions 113 x 40.5 cm
Detailed Description The head and right arm are missing. The left arm is held akimbo, the clenched fist resting against the upper hip. The figure stands in samabhanga posture, the legs placed apart. Between the legs is a bouquet consisting of five lotus buds and one full-blown lotus flower. To the left of the figure, below the samghati folds are ashoka flowers. The Buddha wears a diaphanous antaravasaka reaching below the knees, a samghati covering the left shoulder and arm, and a ribbon like girdle, knotted on the right side, with the loose ends falling over the thigh. The folds are indicated by light incisions and grooved ridges. The fleshy modeling of the torso, the powerful legs spreading outwards below the knees, and the broad, square shoulders are features shared in common with other images of the early phase of the Kushana school of Mathura. On the back are traces of a halo with scalloped edge. This figure is a product of the great workshops at Mathura from where it was exported to Kaushambi, its actual find spot. The similarity to the Bala image, also made at Mathura, but found at Sarnath, is striking (cf. ASIAR, 1904-05, Pl. XXVI a-d). The nun Buddhamitra, who dedicated this image, is also associated with the Sarnath image, being mentioned in the long inscription on the stone post which supported the umbrella (Sahni, Catalogue of the Museum of Archaeology at Sarnath, p. 35). This figure, being dated in the second year of Kanishka, is the earliest dated Buddha image known. A. Ghosh, IHQ X (1934), p. 575 suggests that the date is perhaps to be read as anno 22 and not 2.
Brief Description An image of standing Bodhisattva dedicated by a lady monk Buddhamitra.