• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2195

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 726

    A green schist relief of Siddhartha going to school

    GANDHARA OR SWAT VALLEY, CIRCA 3RD CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A green schist relief of Siddhartha going to school
    Gandhara or Swat Valley, circa 3rd century
    Boldly carved with Prince Siddhartha riding on a caparisoned ram, surrounded by numerous attendants, the ram well-carved with curly locks of hair
    14 in. (35.5 cm.) high


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    The ram Siddhartha is riding on is particularly well-observed and executed. For another example, see H. Ingolt, Gandharan Art in Pakistan, 1957, cat. no. 23; compare also with a scene showing Buddha on a cart drawn by two rams, in I. Kurita, Gandharan Art, 1990, vol. 1, figs. P1-11, p. 14.

    Provenance

    Private collection, Japan, 1980s
    Christie's New York, 27 March 2003, lot 15


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE CALIFORNIA COLLECTION