Stone panel of a drinking scen, Gandhar, 1st  century
Lot 3
A schist architectural panel of a drinking scene Ancient Region of Gandhara, 1st century
US$ 3,000 - 5,000
£1,800 - 3,000
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Lot Details
A schist architectural panel of a drinking scene
Ancient Region of Gandhara, 1st century
Depicting pairs of men and women in luxurious garb sharing drinking vessels below a border of alternating lion protomae and honeysuckle palmettes, and aside a griffin on the left, with a swirling acanthus leaf carved on the left edge.
12 in. (30.5 cm) long

Footnotes

  • As noted by Sir John Marshal (The Buddhist art of Gandhara: the story of the early school, its birth, growth, and decline, New Delhi, 1980, p.33) "At the time, a favourite theme of Graeco-Parthian secular art was the drinking scene, and incongruous as it may seem, this was one of the earliest themes to be adopted for the decoration of Buddhist stupas."

    For closely related friezes see Chantal Fabregues, "The Indo-Parthian Beginnings of Gandharn Sculpture", Bulletin of the Asia Institute, vol. I, 1978, figs 1-4. Also see Isao Kurita, Gandharan Art II: The World of the Buddha, 2003, p. 194, no. 564

    Provenance:
    Private American Collection
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