• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2300

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 115

    A group of nine gray schist stupa reliquaries

    GANDHARA, 2ND/3RD CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A group of nine gray schist stupa reliquaries
    Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century
    Four of spool shape, three with finials, one as a rounded form with stepped base and the last as a bowl with a fitted lid, all finely incised with decorative bands and lotus patterns, variously containing schist, gold and beaded offerings
    3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm.) high, the largest (9)


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    For a similar spool-shaped example, see M. Lerner and S. Kossak, The Lotus Transcendent: Indian and Southeast Asian Art from the Samuel Eilenberg Collection, 1991, p. 79, cat. no. 45.

    Provenance

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