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Gandharan Grey Schist Panel - Buddha & Attendants

$1,895.00
Central Asia, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Gandharan Empire, ca. 200 BCE to 200 CE. A sparkling grey schist panel carved in high relief with a scene of the standing Buddha and three attendants posed around him, two on one side and one on the other. The Buddha is depicted with a prominent ushnisha and well sculpted clothing. The attendants are turned towards him, and one leans forward with hands clasped. They are dressed in finery, with well-styled, draped robes, and may have been carved to represent real people who wished to pay homage to Buddha by endowing artwork - a common practice in ancient Gandhara. Size: 10.6" L x 1.75" W x 5.8" H (26.9 cm x 4.4 cm x 14.7 cm)

The Gandharan Empire made itself wealthy in part by controlling lucrative trade along the mountain passes between China in the East and the Near East and Mediterranean in the West; a great deal of this wealth went into local patronage of artisans and art. In the first century CE, Buddhism became fashionable amongst Gandharan elites, and the art produced at this time depicting the Buddha are some of the most striking Buddhist images from the past. Their artistic tradition also reflects the conquest of Alexander the Great and the introduction of styles from all sides, blended into a uniquely Gandharan tradition, which this Buddha exemplifies.

Condition: Losses at both horizontal edges of panel. One of the attendant's faces is lost. Encrustation on surface as shown.

Provenance: private New Jersey USA collection, acquired over twenty years ago

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