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Buddha Shakyamuni, c. 400-599

Unknown (Gandhara - 5th-6th century)

bronze
29 cm high
Gift of Joshua, Elise, Michael, Stephen and Linda, the children of Albert J. Latner, Toronto, 1981
National Gallery of Canada (no. 26797)

The Buddha displays the classical signs of his supreme nature: the "ushnisha" (top-knot of intelligence), long earlobes (for royal birth), and oval body halo (for spiritual power and holiness), while his hand raised in "abhaya mudra" signifies protection and reassurance.

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