Sangameshwar Shiva Temple and deity, Saswad, Maharashtra, photos by Kevin Standage
Standing Bodhisattva, Afghanistan or Pakistan.
Kushan Period, 3rd or 4th Century (schist stone)
Bodhisattvas are compassionate Buddhist beings who delay their own enlightenment to help earthly beings break the cycle of rebirth. They are often depicted as royalty; Their bejewelled hair and ornaments symbolise both material and spiritual wealth, reminding worshippers that these beings still of this world