• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2300

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 111

    A Gray Schist Relief with a Seated Buddha and Worshippers

    GANDHARA, 3RD CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A Gray Schist Relief with a Seated Buddha and Worshippers
    Gandhara, 3rd century
    Centered by the seated Buddha, his right hand raised in abhayamudra, clad in a long sanghati, the face backed by a nimbus, flanked by two attendants in flowing robes, and two celestial deities above, all within a square niche, with a rock formation indicated below
    11 1/8 in. (28.3 cm.) high


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    This scene likely represents Brahma and Indra entreating Buddha to preach the dharma, a theme often depicted in ancient Gandhara. For a similar example, see I. Kurita, Gandharan Art I: The Buddha's Life Story, 2003, p. 136, cat. no. 267.

    Provenance

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