• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2195

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 718

    A gray schist relief with the birth of Buddha


    Price Realised  


    A gray schist relief with the birth of Buddha
    Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century
    Finely carved depicting Queen Maya grasping the branches of a sal tree at center, comforted by her sister Prajapati at her left, the god Indra at her right receiving the newborn Siddhartha emerging from Maya's side, the child shown again taking his first steps, with further attendants to each side and above
    13½ x 20½ in. (34.3 x 52.1 cm.)

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    In the birth scene, Maya grasps the branches of the sal tree with one hand and has her other arm around her sister Mahaprajapati as Siddhartha emerges from her side. The god Indra holds out fresh linens to catch and swaddle the newborn. Further attendants are shown on either side and devotees with folded hands above.


    Private collection, Japan, by 1980