Art of Gandhara
Schist – H. 62 cm
The frieze was a part of the lateral decoration of a jamb or a niche. At the left side, seven panels show always the same image: two devotees and the Buddha in the gesture of removing the fear (abhayamudra). At the right side, the frieze is completed by eleven erotes in two different postures and by a frame made up of lotus leaves. In the Art of Gandhara, the repetition of the Buddha image psychologically strengthens the convincing power of his doctrine. The miniature research highlights the skill and the decorative taste of the gandharan artists.