A schist figure of a winged Atlas
Ancient region of Gandhara, 3rd/4th century
The atlant squats with his left leg raised, his toes outstretched, while scattered vignettes mark the ground, his hands on his knees, his left thumb cocked, he wears a pleated robe that drapes over his left shoulder and swoops before his immense torso, pooling before his genitals and neatly delineated pubis, his cavernous abdomen rises to the broad ribcage, his parted lips and attentive expression framed by thick tufts of hair, flanked by his arched his wings with beautiful curving feathers.
15 5/8 in. (40 cm.) high