Gandharan Seated Stucco Buddha

Circa 3rd century BC. 22.5"h (14"w base). Seated in dhyanasana with his hands in dharmachakra mudra, clutching the folds of his sanghati draped over the shoulder. Bow-shaped mouth and heavy-lidded eyes flanked by pendulous earlobes, hair in wavy locks pulled over the ushnisha. The facial features are very Greco-Roman, due to Alexander the Great conquering this area in the 3rd century BC. Very little Gandharan art remains due to the Taliban destruction of Buddhist art in Afghanistan.