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    Sale 1974

    Indian & Southeast Asian Art

    21 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 544

    A green schist stupa peg of an angel

    SWAT VALLEY, CIRCA 3RD CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A green schist stupa peg of an angel
    Swat Valley, circa 3rd century
    Well- and expressively-carved with an angel backed by a volute and holding a lotus flower
    9½ in. (24 cm.) high


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    The use of similar pegs on stupas to hold up garlands is well attested on representations of stupas at Barhut; for a further discussion, see W. Zwalf, A Catalogue of the Gandhara Sculpture in the British Museum, vol. I, 1996, p. 281.

    Provenance

    Japanese Collection, acquired in the 1980s