• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2300

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 140

    A Gray Schist Figure of a Standing Maitreya

    GANDHARA, 2ND/3RD CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A Gray Schist Figure of a Standing Maitreya
    Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century
    Standing with the left knee slightly bent, clad in a flowing sanghati draped over the left shoulder and wearing sandals, adorned with multiple necklaces and armbands, the face with aquiline nose and heavy-lidded eyes centered by a raised urna, the hair pulled into a topknot, over a plinth centered by an altar with devotees on either side
    40½ in. (102.9 cm.) high


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    The well-modeled forms of the body are further enhanced by the exquisitely rendered sheerness of the robe, which also allows for glimpses of the deity's left armband and the dhoti knotted at the waist.

    Provenance

    Previously sold at Christie's New York, 20 September 2006, lot 10