Standing Buddha
Title Standing Buddha
Accession Number S/14
Museum Name Indian Museum, Kolkata
Gallery Name N.A.
Object Type Sculpture
Main Material Sand Stone
Country India
Provenance Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh
Origin Place Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh
Period / Year of Work C. 5th century CE
Dimensions 127x52cm.
Brief Description An aesthetically superb example of Gupta art, the standing Buddha holds with his left hand one end of the robe which closely fits the body. The right hand is in abhaya mudra suggesting quelling of fear and promising assurance and protection. The transparent drapery, the drooping eyes, the trivali marks of mahapurusha on the neck and, above all, the arrangement of the hair in small curls are features common to all the figures of the Sarnath School of the Gupta art. A delicately carved circular nimbus of lotus creeper motif is behind his head. The crease-less robe of the Sarnath School differentiates it from the Mathura type, where the folds are prominent. A feature that is restricted to the Gupta period is the webbed fingers of the Buddha. This mahapurusha lakshana is seen here.