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LOT 0276

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Gandharan Standing Buddha Shakyamuni Figure

c.5th-6th century AD

A substantial bronze figure of Buddha Shakyamuni standing facing on a hollow-formed bell-shaped podium wearing a loose uttariya robe gathered in hand at the left hip in the 'Indo-Greek' manner, the right hand raised in the abhaya gesture of reassurance; the facial expression serene with narrow eyes possibly inlaid with silver, the hair piled into the ushnisha style with tiers of tight curls; to the rear, a separate mandorla or aureole with rim of openwork flames. 2.1 kg, 39cm (15 1/4"). Fine condition.

Richard Kixmiller collection, USA, 1976-1977.
Buckingham Collection, early 1960s to 1970s.
Late Nik Douglas (1944-2012), renowned author, curator and Asian art expert.
Accompanied by copies of the relevant Tibet House exhibition catalogue pages.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.11135-184862.

Exhibited 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, Buckingham collections, exhibit GMB035, p.134; no.238, p.72, & for a photograph of this piece at the exhibition see p.174.

See Dr. Naiki, S., Similarities and Differences in Gandharan Sculptures Among Regions, Thursday 22nd to Friday 23rd March 2018, The Geography of Gandharan Art: 2nd Workshop of the Gandhara Connections Project, Classical Art Research Centre, University of Oxford.

Gandhara was the principal gateway through which Buddhism spread to China. Academic research conducted after the death of Nik Douglas (above) explains that Gandharan sculpture has been found in neighbouring regions, such as in Uddiyana. Sculpture from the Gandharan and Uddiyana regions has similar characteristics and as a result has often remained undifferentiated. As a result of this recent research however, it is becoming more feasible to identify distinctions between the sculpture of these different regions.