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Gandharan male figure from a relief

3rd–4th century A.D.

Basalt/schist

9 7/16 × 3 15/16 in. (24 × 10 cm)
Bequest of Charles E. Rogers, B.A. 1937, M.A. 1942, M.A 1982
2003.56.6
The clasped hands indicate devotion, which suggests that this individual—who wears lay clothing in addition to an elaborate headdress—represents a devotee. The relief was most likely once part of a larger scene, presumably a narrative from the life of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni.
Geography: 
Pakistan
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Pakistani, Gandharan
Period: 
Kushan period (ca. late 1st–early 4th century)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Bequest of Charles E. Rogers; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 2003,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2004): 137.

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.