An image of Figure of Buddha

Unknown Artist

Figure of Buddha

Not on display
Further information

This fragile, and hence rare, stucco image of the Buddha comes from the little-studied temple site of Fonduqistan to the west of present-day Kabul. The figure is an example of the so-called Irano-Buddhist style of Buddhist sculpture found in the region bordering the Hindu Kush northeast of Afghanistan. Ultimately this style had its genesis in the remarkable florescence of Buddhist creativity that distinguished the ancient Indian province of Gandhara during the first four centuries CE. The tasselled, four-pointed chasuble is distinctive to Fonduqistan pieces, while the soft, idealised face with its gentle smile and the naturalistic handling of drapery, body and posture, are part of the Gandharan legacy. His crown indicates he is a monarch, conflating the idea of the Buddha as ruler of the physical and spiritual realms.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.27.

Place of origin
Fonduqistan, Ancient Gandhara, Afghanistan
Cultural origin
Ancient India; Irano-Buddhist - drawing from the influences of the Sassanids, with their origins in ancient Iran, and Gupta India.
6th century-7th century
stucco with traces of pigment
51.5 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Purchased 1996
Accession number
The Walmore Collection, 1990, London/England, as published in Isao KURITA; Gandharan Art II: The World of the Buddha; 1990, pg.122-123, no. 335
Alex Biancardi, 1996, Australia