Lot 903
  • 903

A GREY SCHIST FIGURE OF A STANDING BUDDHA ANCIENT REGION OF GANDHARA, KUSHAN PERIOD, 2ND/3RD CENTURY |

Estimate
20,000 - 30,000 USD
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Description

  • Height: 29 1/2 inches
the Buddha standing with long draping robes falling heavily off both shoulders and down the body in finely layered creases, the left knee is flexed in tribhanga posture, the abdomen lightly rounded softening the athletic build and square jawline, the almond-shaped eyes with lids half open in meditative repose, the hair twisted in a wave pattern drawn over the dome-shaped ushnisha on top of the head

Provenance

Acquired 1975.

Catalogue Note

From the fertile Peshawar valley, in between the Indus and Kabul Rivers, the winter capital of the Kushan monarchs expanded into an empire spanning the distance across the Khyber from Afghanistan in the east and Pakistan in the north. Along with it came the spread of a cosmopolitan artistic style- a blend of Indian iconography and the naturalism found in classical Greek marbles. It is from the blending of these styles that the standing Buddha emerges, with a precise standardized form. Coming from India, the characteristics of the Buddha including the ushnisha, the urna, the elongated ears and the mudra come from the heartland and birthplace of Buddhism. The Classical treatment evident in the draping folds of the robe, the almond shaped eyes, and in the general physiognomy of the Buddha create an anticipated naturalism that one expects to see in the portrayal of Hercules.

Compare the treatment of the drapery and the shape of the eyes to a standing Buddha from the British Museum, published in W. Zwalf's A Catalogue of Gandharan Sculpture in the British Museum, London, 1996, p. 9, cat. 1.

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