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    Sale 1974

    Indian & Southeast Asian Art

    21 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 571

    A gray schist relief with the offering of the four bowls


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    A gray schist relief with the offering of the four bowls
    Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century
    Well carved with Buddha at center flanked by pairs of attendants offering bowls, with further Bodhisattvas in adoration at the back and flanked female attendants beneath Ashoka trees on separately carved panels
    13¼ x 26 3/8 in. (33.5 x 67 cm.)

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    After his seven week trance food was offered to Buddha by two merchants, but he had no bowl of his own in which to put the food, so the four Heavenly guardians, lokapalas, each brought a golden bowl. This precious metal was unacceptable, so it was transformed by the Buddha into various other metals and then into one of stone; for other examples of this scene, see H. Ingholt, Gandharan Art in Pakistan, 1957, cat. no. 67-69, p. 67f.


    Japanese Collection, 1990s