standing Buddha

stucco, traces of paint
Western Afghanistan (Hadda/Bagh Gaï), ca. 4rd. cent.
high: 55 cm.
prov.: Jules Barthoux, 1927, since then in the Barthoux-family, Paris; 1988-2022 private collection, Bonn, Germany.

Large and very elegant torso of a standing Buddha. This torso was excavated by Jules Barthoux, member of the famous DAFA, in Bagh Gaï, a large Buddhst complex near the site of Hadda, north-east of Kabul. Part of this excavation can be seen in the Musée Guimet in Paris, where also a reconstruction of the stupa, where this standing Buddha also served as decoration, can be seen.

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