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Fragment of relief with Brahmanical ascetics
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False shelf (Nāgadanta) figured
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False shelf (Nāgadanta) figured
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Curvilinear relief fragment with scenes from the life of the Buddha
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Standing Buddha statue
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Head of the Buddha
Fragment of relief with Brahmanical ascetics
Monaco
False shelf (Nāgadanta) figured
False shelf (Nāgadanta) figured
Curvilinear relief fragment with scenes from the life of the Buddha
Standing Buddha statue
Head of the Buddha

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Characteristic of the art of Gandhara is the depiction in human form of the Buddha, the "Enlightened One". He, wearing the monastic robe, is depicted standing while making the gesture of "reassurance" with the palm of his missing right hand facing the viewer and the left holding a flap. The halo behind his head, almost completely lost, is a sign of the luminous radiation of the Buddha. The character is clearly identifiable thanks to the presence of two of the thirty-two main physical signs that the Buddha presented at birth and that indicated his nature as predestined to become an "Enlightened One": the "circle" in the center of the forehead and the protuberance (rendered as bun of hair), at the top of the head. The elongated lobes allude to the heavy gemstone earrings that Prince Siddhartha wore before leaving his father's palace. The serenity of the gaze expresses the concept of the imperturbability of the "Awakened" (this is the meaning of the term Buddha) now extinct in Nirvana after having reached the supreme knowledge. The statue, originally gilded, was probably placed inside a chapel of worship in a sacred Buddhist area. On the base are also well recognizable four monks in adoration of the Buddha's alms bowl preserved as relics of the master under a canopy.

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