A schist figure of Buddha Ancient region of Gandhara, 3rd/4th century
Lot 65W
A schist figure of Buddha
Ancient region of Gandhara, 3rd/4th century
Sold for US$ 31,250 inc. premium
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A schist figure of Buddha Ancient region of Gandhara, 3rd/4th century
Lot Details
A schist figure of Buddha
Ancient region of Gandhara, 3rd/4th century
Finely carved, seated in the double lotus pose on a tapering plinth, his hands raised in dharmacakrapavartina mudra, clad in a pleated sanghati in open mode wrapped high around the right pectoral and leaving his right shoulder bare, his face with a gentle expression with pursed lips, rounded checks, and searching eyes below smoothly arching brows, flanked by pendulous earlobes with upturned tips, his hair detailed in wavy rows pulled into topknot.
21 3/4 in. (55.2 cm) high

Footnotes

  • The tapered base indicates that this sculpture belongs to a type of Buddha image at Gandhara that sits on a lotus pedestal and has been traditionally linked to a particular moment in Shakyamuni's life story. It refers to a teaching Buddha gave on the subjective and illusory nature of phenomenal reality after performing the second of a series of miracles at Jetavana Grove, which was the capital city of the Kosala Kingdom, ruled by King Prasenajit, one of Buddha's royal patrons. In this second miracle, two naga kings, Nanda and Upananda, create a lotus seat for him before he multiplies his form to the audience's astonishment, exposing the fallacies of our default perceptions.

    The broad stomach of this charming figure, the flat bridge of his nose, and the horizontal rows of his hair are indicative of the more stylized features of later Gandharan devotional images at Gandhara, which favour symmetry over naturalism in contrast to their more classically inspired predecessors. For further discussion, see Behrendt, The Art of Gandhara in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007, p. 68.

    Provenance:
    Spink and Son Ltd., London by 1970
    Khan Family Collection, 1970-2002
    Property of a Private Trust
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