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Stela - Seated Figure of Boddhisattva

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1964A11
Collection:Antiquities - Asia
Date:100 AD - 500 AD


This stone stela came from Gandhara, Afghanistan, and dates between 100-500 AD.A stela is a carved or inscribed stone often made to be attached to the exterior or interior of a building. In this case a Buddhist temple or shrine. This sculpture is made in the 'Gandharan' style, which is named after the ancient region of Northern India where it was first developed (now in modern Afghanistan). The figure is of a Bodhisattva, an early incarnation of the Buddha before his enlightenment. He wears the elaborate headdress and jewellery of a prince of that time.

Purchased from Reading Museum.

Further Information

Production Period:2nd century or 3rd century
Place of Origin:Gandhara, Afghanistan
Place of Excavation:Gandhara, Afghanistan


Height:450 mm
Width:230 mm
Depth:110 mm