Gilt bronze Buddha statue dated by an inscription on the base to 338 CE. This is the earliest known dated Buddha image made in China and, according to the museum, appears in almost every major publication on early Chinese Buddhist sculpture. Its style is influenced by that of the Gandhara region (parts of modern-day Pakistan, Afghanistan and NW India), which traveled along the Silk Road to China.
Seated Buddha Reaching Enlightenment, 11th–12th century. Central Tibet. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. (2012.458) | In Tibet the Buddha images from the 11th and 12th centuries reflect a deep interest in capturing the Buddha’s likeness as it was preserved in north India. Here great emphasis is placed on the Buddha’s humanity as can be seen in the sensitive treatment of his hands, feet and body.