Lot 902
  • 902

A GREY SCHIST ANTEFIX OF A SCENE OF BUDDHA AND BODHISATTVAS ANCIENT REGION OF GANDHARA, KUSHAN PERIOD, 2ND/3RD CENTURY |

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5,000 - 7,000 USD
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Description

  • Height 18 4/5  in. (47.5 cm.)
a three-tiered antefix depicting three scenes, the top showing the Buddha seated in a frontal pose in dhyanasana on a stone plinth surrounded by kneeling figures in three-quarter pose with hands in anjali, the middle tier identical to that of the first with the Buddha's right hand extended in the abhaya gesture, the bottom tier depicting the Bodhisattva in tribhanga with draping robes, the scenes separated by bands of a pointed leaf pattern, all enclosed within an arched border with undulating stalks and open lotus roundel designs, with two seated bodhisattvas on either side and two worshiping figures positioned below

Provenance

Acquired 2018.
Private Collection from the Estate of Wroughton House, Swindon, UK Circa 1960's.

Catalogue Note

Compare to similar iconography within an antefix to a relief from Loriyan Tangai depicting the Buddha teaching the Nagas, see A. Grünwedel, trans. A. Gibson; Buddhist Art in India, 1901, p. 106. fig. 58. 
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