Kushana Buddha seated in abhaya mudra (gesture of fearlessness)

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India
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century
  • Type
    Sculpture
  • Materials
    red spotted sandstone
  • Measurements
    84 x 78 cm
  • Creator name
    Unknown
  • Creator date
    Unknown
  • Where it was made
    Mathura in Uttar Pradesh state of northern India.
  • Time period
    AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century
  • Creation date
    1st Century; 19th regnal year of King Kanishka which corresponds to 96-97CE.
  • Function
    This sculpture functioned as a donation which helped the donor gain religious merit. Being a sacred icon installed in a monastery or another site, it was revered.
  • Acquisition
    This sculpture was made in Mathura and then installed in a monastery or another sacred site in northern India. Often, damaged icons are considered inauspicious and offered to a water body like a sea, river or lake. This artefact was purchased by the Asian Civilisations Museum in 2000.
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