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LOT 0387

GBP (£) 8,000 - 10,000
EUR (€) 9,090 - 11,370
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Gandharan Standing Buddha Statue

2nd-4th century AD

A finely executed statue of Buddha in schist, standing upright in formal pose on a dais in a loosely draped sanghati robe extending to below the knees with the bare feet resting on the rectangular plinth, beaded swags to the neck and hair carefully carved with a chignon above the ushnisha, serene facial features and heavy-lidded almond eyes, nimbus to the rear of the head, left hand holding a gathered fold of the cloth garment; tiered plinth with frieze of standing four figures flanking a vessel, columns to the corners; mounted on a custom-made stand. 32.7 kg, 89cm (35"). Very fine condition.

Property of a London gentleman; previously with central London gallery; imported from the USA in the early 1970s; formerly with Mahboubian Gallery, New York since the late 1960s; accompanied by copies of an early 1970s black and white photograph.

See Zwalf, W. A Catalogue of the Gandhara Sculpture at the British Museum, London, 1996.

The Gandharan tradition of portraying Buddha as a handsome youthful male developed during the 1st century AD and lasted until at least the 7th century. It drew on the local artistic conventions of the Swat valley, but was heavily influenced by classical Graeco-Roman ideas. Some emphasis was placed on the natural appearance of draped cloth over body contours and hanging textile folds, with soft lines and curves.
During the reign of the Indian emperor Ashoka (3rd century BC), Gandhara was the source of intensive Buddhist missionary activity. Alongside some influential depictions of Buddhist legends and scenes from the life of Buddha, the Gandharan school of sculptural art incorporated a range motifs and techniques from Roman art, including vine scrolls, cherubs bearing garlands, tritons and centaurs. The art style flourished during the Kushan Dynasty's rule (1st-4th century AD). The dynasty relied on trade with the Mediterranean world for its wealth, and its coins and other artistic output depict a unique mix of Asian and European themes.

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Auction Venue:
The May Fair Hotel London
Stratton Street
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Viewing from noon Monday 25th Feb 2019
Champagne Reception: 6pm - 9pm

Tuesday 26th Feb 2019 (Day 1)
10am : Lots 1 - 660

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