Over-life sized seated figure of the Buddha, seated on a plinth in a meditative pose.

The figure wears a deeply incised form-defining monastic robe. Made in Uttar Pradesh, northern India under the Kushan dunasty, it is a remarkably early sculpture from the beginnings of the recorded history of Buddha images.


Essayan Collection, Paris (1950s); Collection of the father-in-law of Dr Sichel, Paris; Thierry Portier, Paris; Jonathan Tucker Asian Art, London.

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