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    Sale 12168

    Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art

    15 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 274

    A gray schist figure of an Atlas


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    A gray schist figure of an Atlas
    Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century
    Powerfully and naturalistically carved seated with one knee raised, wearing a simple dhoti tied low at the waist, his face with thick hair, beard and moustache
    16 ½ in. (42 cm.) high

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    While such figures are generally identified as “Atlas,” the Greco-Roman prototype is never equipped with wings. Alfred Foucher suggests the interpretation as a yaksha, likewise supporting the base of a structure, with wings borrowed from Victory. It would thus represent an amalgamation of iconographic elements from Indian and classical sources; for a further discussion, see P. Pal, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, vol 1, fig.35, p.68; for similar examples of winged "Atlas" figures, see W. Zwalf, A Catalogue of the Gandhara Sculpture at the British Museum, 1996, pp.206-11, fig.355-68.


    Nasli M. Heeramaneck Collection, New York
    Private collection, Illinois, acquired in New York, 2 April 1996

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the size for this lot is 16 ½ in. (42 cm.) high