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Gods Requesting Buddha to Preach

2nd–3rd century

Gray schist

8 × 19 1/2 in. (20.3 × 49.5 cm)
Gift of Fred Olsen
In this relieft, the Buddha is shown seated in a yogic posture with his right hand raised in a gesture of reassurance, the granting of the “absence of fear” (abhaya mudra). In Buddhism, this is a teaching gesture, since it is through Buddhist teachings that the absence of the fear of death is granted. In his left hand, the Buddha holds the end of his monastic robe.
Pakistani, Gandharan
Kushan period (ca. late 1st–early 4th century)

Sticker on back says "Imported from France"; Fred H. Olsen (1891–1986), Guilford, Conn; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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