Robert L. Brown, The Walking Tilya Tepe Buddha: A Lost Prototype

A small metal token from the Afghanistan site of Tilya Tepe represents, on one side, the Buddha as a naked bearded man pushing the Wheel of the Law.  A lion is depicted on the other.  The token dates to around the first half of the first century A.D., and represents a Western influenced model for the Buddha that was not propagated in later art.  However, the walking Buddha pushing the Wheel appears in Gandharan representations of the Buddha, demonstrating a sharing and continuation of this unusual and geographically specific iconographical type.




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