Choose Category:

Auto Bid Counter
No. of Bids: 2444
Bid Total: £186,057
View Winning Bidders

Home > Auctions > 25th February 2020 > Gandharan Head of Buddha

Print page | Email lot to a friend

Back to previous page


LOT 0364

Estimate
GBP (£) 4,000 - 6,000
EUR (€) 4,700 - 7,040
USD ($) 5,220 - 7,830

Opening Bid
£1,800 (EUR 2,113; USD 2,349) (+bp*)

Add to Watch list


Please login or register here.



Bid History: 0

Gandharan Head of Buddha

2nd-3rd century AD

The serenity and quiet authority of the Buddha is captured perfectly in this carved life-size schist head, which contrasts the sharpness of the facial features with the soft undulating bands of hair sweeping towards the domed ushnisha; the ears are carved with looped earrings drawing the lobes down towards the neck; the urna sits in low relief above the nasal ridge; fragment of the original frieze background to the reverse; mounted on a custom-made stand. 23.9 kg, 47cm including stand (18 1/2"). Fine condition.

Provenance
Acquired for the ‘Buckingham Collection’ by the late Nik Douglas (1944-2012), renowned author, curator and Asian art expert; the collection formed from the early 1960s to early 1970s; displayed at the major exhibition ‘The Buddha Image: Out of Uddiyana’, Tibet House, 22 West 15th Street, New York, 16 September-20 October 2010, extended to 16 November and again to 7 January 2011; where the collection of one hundred pieces was publicly valued at US$15M; this piece was scheduled to be included in an exhibition entitled ‘On the Silk Route; Birth of The Buddha’, to be held in London from November 2012, but sadly his death prevented this; accompanied by copies of several press releases and articles for the exhibition, including Artnet News, This Week in New York, Huffpost and Buddhist Art News.

Published
Exhibited at ‘The Buddha Image: Out of Uddiyana’, Tibet House, 22 West 15th Street, New York, 16 September-20 October 2010, extended to 16 November and again to 7 January 2011; accompanied by a copy of the main Tibet House exhibition press release.

Literature
Cf. Jongeward, D. Buddhist Art of Gandhara in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2018, item 71.