Artist Unknown (Gandharan, 2nd- 3rd century),
Bodhisattva (possibly Maitreya)
, 2nd- 3rd century
gray schist, height : 13 in.; 33.02 cm
Museum purchase, 1951.624
Some of the earliest representations of Buddha in human form were made in the ancient artistic center of Gandhara. Situated in a region between Afghanistan and Pakistan, Gandhara was once under the political and cultural influence of Alexander the Great and his successors. Buddha images from Gandhara thus display stylistic traits of Hellenistic Greek art.