• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2195

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 744

    A gray schist figure of a seated Buddha

    GANDHARA, 2ND/3RD CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A gray schist figure of a seated Buddha
    Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century
    Seated in dhyanasana over a cushion carved with a foliate pattern, his left hand in his lap holding the tip of his voluminous sanghati with further folds spilling from his lap over his ankles, his face in a serene expression with downcast eyes and crisp features, flanked by elongated pierced lobes, his wavy hair pulled over the ushnisha and backed by a nimbus with incised beaded rim
    26 in. (66 cm.) high


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    The carving of this sculpture is superbly executed, with sensitively modeled facial features and finely detailed fingers, carved from dark gray schist and highly polished. It is also rare to find the nimbus encircled by the beaded border.

    Provenance

    Acquired in New York by 1970