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Asian Art

Ascetic

1st or 2nd century

stone

Gift of Winthrop and Jane Sargeant
1986.104.1
Once part of a larger narrative showing scenes from the lifetime of the historical Buddha, this figure’s lack of adornment and beard indicate that the sculpture represents an ascetic. Prior to developing his own path toward enlightenment—which he called the “Middle Way”—the historical Buddha Shakyamuni practiced different types of physical and mental austerities that were widespread throughout India.
Geography: 
Pakistan
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Pakistani, Gandharan
Period: 
Kushan period (ca. late 1st–early 4th century)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Winthrop Sargeant, (1903 - 1986) Salisbury, Conn; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.