Representation of Buddha in gray shale / Pakistan - Gandhara region / 1st century AD.

16th century and older
Asian Arts
From: 38090, Villefontaine, France

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    Representation of Buddha of Gandhara in gray schist.
    He is depicted as a bust in high relief emerging from the center of a thick disc in the middle of lotus petals or solar rays which can thus symbolically represent the spiritual radiance of the Awakened One. The arms are stuck alongside the body, the forearm and the left hand resting on a balustrade. It features a powerful torso and a face characteristic of Gandharan art. The eyes with half-closed lids frame a flat nose overlooking a small mouth. The forehead is adorned with the uma, the hairstyle in long locks falling on the shoulders and brought in a high bun at the top of the head forming the ushnisha.

    At the crossroads of the civilizations of Iran, the Greek world, India and nomadic civilizations, Gandhara was for sixteen centuries an almost obligatory passageway for the caravans which linked the West to China. A Hellenistic background maintained by the trade in luxury products exported from the Mediterranean basin, mingles with Parthian and Indian influences for the benefit of a Buddhist iconography of great sensitivity.

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    Dimension: 14 cm
    Condition: Visible accidents and earthy deposit
    Provenance: From an American collection


    Style Asian Arts
    Century 16th century and older
    Materials Stoneware
    Shipping Time Ready to ship in 1 Business Day
    Location 38090, Villefontaine, France

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