8th century
H. 52 3/8 x W. 23 1/4 x D. 10 1/4 in.
Sri Pratap Singh Museum, Srinagar, 1897

This sculpture of the Buddha comes from a major eighth-century Buddhist site in Parihasapura that flourished under the reign of Muktapida Lalitaditya (r. mid-8th century), a noted patron of the arts, during the Karkota dynasty (600–855). Buddhism gained recognition in Kashmir around the 3rd century BCE and developed into a variety of offshoots that spread throughout Tibet and central Asia.

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