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    Sale 2271

    Indian and South East Asian Art: Including Highlights from the Star Collection

    20 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1242

    A gray schist figure of Buddha

    GANDHARA, 2ND/3RD CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A gray schist figure of Buddha
    Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century
    Standing in samapada, wearing voluminous robes with cascading folds modeling the body beneath, the palm of his right hand carved with a chakra and raised in abhaya mudra and his lowered hand holding the tip of his robe, the face with a benign expression backed by a halo
    30¾ in. (78 cm.) high


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    With larger standing figures the protruding right hand in the gesture of abhaya mudra was often separately carved and attached, but subsequently lost. It is comparatively rare to have both hands intact and particularly significant in the present example, as the gestures of the hands are most eloquently contrasted to the treatment of the drapery. It is also rare to find the chakra incised in relief on the palm of the hand; compare with a figure of a Bodhisattva at the Royal Ontario Museum, in I. Kurita, Gandharan Art, vol. II, 1990, p. 48, fig. 117.

    Provenance

    Acquired before 1970


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF A PRINCE