• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2300

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 116

    A Gray Schist Relief of the Adoration of the Stupa

    GANDHARA, 3RD CENTURY

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    A Gray Schist Relief of the Adoration of the Stupa
    Gandhara, 3rd century
    Centered by a stupa with vedika and tall chattra in deep relief, a bodhisattva clad in a long, flowing sanghati, the hair pulled up into a topknot and backed by a halo on the right, with a balding bhiksu at left
    11¼ in. (28.6 cm.) high


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    The haloed figure may represent Shakyamuni which would identify the stupa as the Stupa of the Past. Buddhism places precedence on the right side of the body over the left, therefore, a worshipper should always present his or her right side to the stupa. The monk with his back to the viewer thus circumambulates in a clockwise direction; the robe he wears exposes the right shoulder as a sign of respect.

    Provenance

    Julian Sherrier Collection, London, formed between early 1940s-1972


    Literature

    I. Kurita, Gandharan Art I: The Buddha's Life Story, 2003, pl. no. 546, p. 262