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Bodhisattva
Pakistan
2nd century
Grey Schist
H. cm. 72 (inc. 28,35)

The Bodhisattva sits in the classical “lotus” posture. He wears abroad piece of cloth tied at the waist and pleated in the Indian fashion, and a long scarf, the typical attire of the aristocracy. The drapery, flowing and deeply sculpted, accentuates the proportion of the volumes and reinforced the classical style of the figure. Rich jewels ornate the bare chest as well as the thin thread from which hang amulet boxes containing magical spells. The half closed elongated eyes endow the face with an intense expression. The sculpture expresses his spiritual force also with his vigour wealth, and the power emanating from his image, still tied to the worldly reality.

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