The fasting buddha in unpolished green stone.
The Gandharan masterpiece (2nd cent. a.d.)
Currently located at the central museum, Lahore.
Brief Description :
This austere figure of the Mahayogi, Lord Buddha, in an emaciated
form captures the essence of the buddha's rigorous seven year
penance before he attained enlightenment. The superlative
mastery of the medium moves hand in hand with the deeply emotive
aspects of buddha's own life.
Before he could reach a conclusion of the "middle path"
philosophy for attaining nirvana, he subjected his body to
countless rigours. the original sculpture was inspired by
accounts of buddha speaking to his disciples about his experiences
before attaining salvation. He described how his stomach had
touched his back
The extraordinarily effective rendering was doubtless inspired
by the hellenic arts.