Buddha Shakyamuni as World Sovereign
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Orientation 3
Display 2

ABS 011

 Code: ABS 011

  Country: India (north-west)

  Style: Kashmir Region

  Date: 678 - 679

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 10.5 x 22 x 7.7

  Materials: Brass

Buddha Shakyamuni as world sovereign 
In the north of present-day Pakistan, the Gilgit Valley is situated on an ancient caravan route that connected Gandhara with the Tarim kingdoms beyond the Karakoram. These areas are now under Chinese control. The Patola-Shahi dynasty ruled this valley.
The Gilgit statuary is classified as Kashmiri art and presents two distinctive features: The donors of the artwork are depicted on the side of the base, and many artworks are precisely dated. This statue bears an inscription naming the patrons: a lady named Surabhi and the monk named Shaka Harisatashasya. An inscription dates the artwork to the year 54 in the cyclic era of Laudika, which corresponds to the year 678-79 of our era. Part of the characteristic base are the two lions that often accompany Buddha Shakyamuni.