SMALL GANDHARAN BUDDHA

S O L D

Measurements: height - 17cm, with stand: 21cm.

 

Description: A Gandharan grey schist statuette of Buddha standing, wearing voluminous robes with cascading folds modelling the body beneath, reminiscent of Classical Greek sculpture. The item is mounted on a custom-made stand. The hands, although the right one missing, are likely to show Buddha in abhayamudra (the gesture of reassurance), with the right arm flexed, palm turned outwards. His left hand is lowered, holding the hem of his robe. The face shows a gentle expression surmounted by an ushnisha (top-knot of hair), and backed by a nimbus as his eyes cast downwards in reflection.

 

Gandharan art bears a marked resemblance to Classical Greek art, developed by the Macedonian Greek invasion of Alexander the Great. This influence would last for several centuries and this particular of devotional art is given the name Greco-Buddhist. The Buddha is closely modelled on Apollo, with his clean-cut features, serene expression, wavy hair and even the himation the Greek god wears often.

 

Period: Gandhara, circa 2nd - 3rd cent. AD

 

Reference: Bonhams: auction 21423, Lot 67W

 

Condition: Fine. Right hand missing, incrustations on the surface, nimbus damaged on the sides, back unworked.

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