Pakistan donates world famous Buddha statue
On a request made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his recent
state visit to Pakistan, the government of Pakistan has made
arrangements to send to Sri Lanka the world famous statue of Fasting
Siddharta (Sakyamuni Buddha), to mark the 2550th year of Buddha Jayanthi.
The Buddha statue belongs to the National Museum of Lahore. It was
exhibited for two days (Vesak poya day and yesterday) at the Kelaniya
Raja Maha Viharaya and Buddhist devotees paid homage.
The statue was handed over to the Viharadhipathi of the Kelaniya Raja
Maha Viharaya by Pakistan's High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, yesterday at
the Foreign Ministry, in the presence of the Ministers of Foreign
Affairs and Cultural and National Heritage.
The statue's face of the Buddha-to-be is particularly unusual, and
indicates his complete disregard of his own body during this period of
his life. The extreme realism in the treatment of the Buddha's emaciated
body is characteristic of Gandharan interests but not commonly employed
in the rest of India, where there is a much stronger tendency to
idealize and generalize in the depiction of deified beings.
The sinews and bones of the Buddha's body are revealed beneath the
barest amount of flesh that still remains. The realism characteristic of
this work, and in particular the familiarity with the details of human
anatomy, is inherited from the Hellenic worlds in which there was a
preoccupation with detailed depictions of physical reality.