On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
The earliest known Buddha images were made in India and Pakistan in the first or second century C.E. Buddha images made around the ancient city of Mathura, in northern central India, have smooth hair; soft, fleshy bodies with garments that cling as if they are wet; a direct, outward gaze that engages the viewer; and a slight smile. In contrast, most later Buddha images have downcast eyes to suggest a state of meditation.
Mottled red sandstone
2nd century C.E.
Gift of Michael de Havenon
Buddha Torso, 2nd century C.E. Mottled red sandstone, 12 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 4 5/8 in. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Michael de Havenon, 1990.184. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1990.184_SL1.jpg)
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