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LOT 0361

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Large Gandharan Standing Dancer Frieze Section

2nd-3rd century AD

With practised skill the sculptor has achieved a majestic and finely carved schist frieze fragment depicting a female dancer in a beguiling, natural pose with the left hand raised and the left leg crossed before the right; adorned with an ornamental band to the dressed hair, the figure suggests voluptuous allure; the collar with its geometric ornament completes a loose draped robe extending to the ankles with finely executed folds and swags; anklets, bracelets and long drop earring add sumptuousness to the dancer's attire, while the thick necklace draped between the breasts emphasises this features; above, an arch of leafy foliage held playfully between her fingers, below a dais with rosettes and lotus-leaf border; mounted on a custom-made stand. 31.1 kg, 91.5cm including stand (36"). Very 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. TL005262 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.

Literature
Cf. Jongeward, D. Buddhist Art of Gandhara in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2018, item 49.

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.'