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LOT 0508

Estimate
GBP (£) 2,500 - 3,500
EUR (€) 2,960 - 4,140
USD ($) 3,170 - 4,440

GHANDARAN STONE GILT 'MAHAPARI NIRVANA' FRIEZE PANEL
LATE PERIOD, 3RD-6TH CENTURY AD
17 1/2" (29 kg, 44.5 cm).

A carved stone plaque showing the Buddha entering into the state of Nirvana; the Buddha depicted lying on a raised couch, his right hand beneath his head, his feet positioned vertically; beneath the couch, a robed figure (Ananda?) sitting cross-legged and a dhoti-clad figure (Subhadra?) with one leg extended, crossed staves between; at the right end of the tableau, three beggars grieving beneath a lotus flower bearing a male icon; behind the couch, five noble figures with ornate headgear grieving; traces of gilding to the surface.

PROVENANCE:
Property of a German gentleman living in London; acquired in the 1970s.

CONDITION