A SCHIST PANEL WITH VAJRAPANI AND A PAIR OF BUDDHA'S DISCIPLES
ANCIENT REGION OF GANDHARA, 2ND/3RD CENTURY 24.7 x 17 cm (9 3/4 x 6 3/4 in.)
犍陀羅 二/三世紀 片岩金剛手菩薩及二佛陀隨從石碑
This deftly carved panel shows two immediate disciples of Buddha joined above by Vajrapani holding his eponymous implement. Gaps in the panel's surface encrustation reveal a fine polish to each of their faces. There is a skillful naturalism to carving of their portraits, poses, and pleated garments. This arrangement of figures was likely part of a scene depicting Buddha's First Sermon (cf. Zwalf, Gandhara Sculpture, Vol. II, 1996, p. 150, no. 248 and Ingholt, Gandharan Art in Pakistan, New York, 1959, no.74).