Fasting Buddha

Victor's way in County Wicklow, Ireland, is a privately owned meditation garden notable for its black granite sculptures. The the park is dedicated to cryptographer Alan Turing. The Fasting Buddha icon-cum-sculpture is a copy of a 1st century AD stone icon (called ‘the ascetic Bodhisattva’) robbed by British archaeologists in the 19th century from an ancient Buddhist pilgrimage site in Taxila, Pakistan. The original, created in the Gandhara Period in Greco-Roman style (note the dramatic, wholly un-Buddhist appearance + the Roman toga + the typically Roman hairdo and beard), is approx. 60 centimetres high and made of Schist stone. It’s on view in Lahore Museum.

#Art #Culture #Religion #Garden