Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Margalit Slovin

Seated Buddha
Kushan period, ca. 2nd century CE
Mathura, India
Red dappled sandstone
H: 24; W: 16; D: 9 cm
Bequest of Wolf Ladejinsky, Washington, DC, through the America-Israel Cultural Foundation
Accession number: B78.1329
Buddha sits with his right hand raised in the gesture of abhaya mudra: “have no fear.” Beneath his seat are the Wheel of the Law and two deer, alluding to the Deer Park at Sarnath, where Buddha Siddharta gave his first sermon.

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir