Lot 904
  • 904

A GREY SCHIST BUST OF A BODHISATTVA ANCIENT REGION OF GANDHARA, KUSHAN PERIOD, 2ND/3RD CENTURY |

Estimate
80,000 - 120,000 USD
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Description

  • Height 26 1/2  in. (67.3 cm.)
well carved with a finely pleated robe draped elegantly over his upper body and looped over his left shoulder, richly bejeweled wearing a foliate collar with matching armband and a pendant looped necklace suspending two vidyadharas centering a faceted jewel, his wavy hair gathered in a double-looped topknot secured by an elaborate headdress with festoons and rosettes, his face bearing a serene, introspective expression, the figure backed by a halo

Provenance

Sotheby's New York, September 21, 2007, lot 1.
The Collection of Deborah and Jack Rosenberg.
Drouot, Paris, April 1932, lot 47.
The Collection of M. H. Sevadjian.

Catalogue Note

This Gandharan bodhisattva carries a storied history of ownership for the last almost hundred years. Sold at an auction in Paris in 1932 from the collection of M.H. Sevadjian, now an unknown collector save for the catalogue, his tastes evidently varied from Greco-Roman, Egyptian, Indian, Chinese and Japanese antiquities to impressionist paintings and French furniture and tapestries. An image of the bodhisattva in the catalogue looks wholly unchanged. The catalogue notes that it is a "Remarkable example that can be compared without disadvantage to the famous statue in the Louvre from Peshwar."  The bodhisattva here is a fine example of the Grecian influence on the form and style seen in Gandharan Art. Dressed in princely attire, adorned with jewelry and draping robes, this deified form represents the path of enlightenment of the Buddha prior to his renunciation. Compare Zwalf, W.; A Catalogue of the Gandhara Sculpture in the British Museum, London, 1996, p. 44, fig. 63.

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