ANCIENT REGION OF GANDHARA, 3RD/4TH CENTURY 25 cm (9 7/8 in.) high
犍陀羅 三/四世紀 片岩菩薩首
The sculpture portrays a noble Buddhist bodhisattva with an air of quiet authority. His heavy-lidded eyes, aquiline nose, high cheekbones, and strong chin are finished with a fine polish. His broad, crisp moustache draws our gaze to the leonine earrings on either side. His wavy locks arranged into a tall bun like a blazing fire, secured by two beaded circlets. The larger circlet rests above his forehead, featuring two rosettes flanking a large baguette jewel. Compare with examples sold at Christie's, Amsterdam, 21 November 2001, lot 32 and Bonhams, New York, 19 March 2018, lot 3062.
Please note the starting bid amount for this lot is HKD90,000