A schist head of a bodhisattva Ancient region of Gandhara, 3rd/4th century
Lot 62
A schist head of a bodhisattva
Ancient region of Gandhara, 3rd/4th century
Sold for US$ 23,750 inc. premium

Lot Details
A schist head of a bodhisattva
Ancient region of Gandhara, 3rd/4th century
The stone's grains gently heightens the soft contours of his face, his eyelids crisply carved accentuating their depth, his hair finished with a flourish of curls above his left ear.
9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm) high

Footnotes

  • 健陀羅 三/四世紀 片巖菩薩頭像

    This superbly modeled head has the distinctive square-knot chignon associated with Maitreya in Gandharan art, as featured on a closely related figure held in the Lahore Museum (see Rehmani, Masterpieces of Lahore Museum, Lahore, 1999, p. 18, no. 12). Three other examples are published in Ingholt, Gandharan Art in Pakistan, New York, 1957, nos. 294-6.

    It is often colloquially referred to as the Appolline haircut as it bears obvious similarity to the celebrated classical sculpture, Apollo Belverdere (or Pythian Apollo), held in the Vatican Museum, Rome (see Bieber, The Sculpture of the Hellenistic Age, New York, 1961, fig. 200).

    Provenance
    Christie's, New York, 22 March 2000, lot 2
    Private American Collection
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