Silk Road Collection
Central Asia

Statue of the Buddha in a Sitting Position

  • Central Asia
  • Pakistan, Gandhara
  • from the 3rd to the 4th centuries AD
  • The Kushan Dynasty
  • grey schist
  • 97.0cm in height

It sits in lotus position on top of a base with lions on both sides. With the right hand it forms the mudra of semui-in with the palm facing forward, and with the left hand it holds the edge of the garment. This sitting position is called Padmasana and originates from yoga. A deity in the seal of the Indus Civilization is also seen in similar position. The way in which the garment drapes over the base is an expression born in Gandhara, which spread East, and also to Japan.