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LOT 0362

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GBP (£) 8,000 - 10,000
EUR (€) 9,390 - 11,740
USD ($) 10,440 - 13,050

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£3,600 (EUR 4,226; USD 4,697) (+bp*)

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Large Gandharan Standing Buddha Statue

2nd-3rd century AD

Finely modelled in schist, the Buddha appears before his following with a serene and compassionate facial expression; his benign and simple nature is expressed in the naturalistic treatment of his heavy monastic garment hanging loosely from the collar in thick layers and forming crescent folds on his torso, arms legs with a sense of fluidity and gravity; his facial features are youthful and perfectly smooth, his straight nose and his softly undulating wavy hair radiating from the centre of the hairline to the ushnisha above; the left hand holds a fold of cloth while the right is raised to display a mudra, probably the outward-facing palm of reassurance; the plain base supports his bare feet; mounted on a custom-made stand. 102 kg, 113cm including stand (44 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. Accompanied by geologic report No. TL005264 by geologic consultant Dr R. L. Bonewitz.

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 which shows an image of several of the most important items in the exhibition, including this piece which is fourth from the right.

Literature
Cf. Jongeward, D. Buddhist Art of Gandhara in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2018, item 62.

Footnotes
Dr Bonewitz notes: 'No definite source localities have been identified for the stones used by the Gandharan sculptors, but the predominant rock was an alumina-rich chloritoid-paragonite-muscovite-quartz schist, probably from Swat.'