• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2300

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 147

    A Large Gray Schist Figure of a Seated Maitreya

    GANDHARA, 3RD CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A Large Gray Schist Figure of a Seated Maitreya
    Gandhara, 3rd century
    Well-carved seated with the vessel of the Elixir of Life suspended from his hands, wearing voluminous robes, and jewelry, the face with a serene expression, backed by a halo
    32¾ in. (83.2 cm.) high


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    The motif of the bottle hanging from the hands at center is quite unusual, as Maitreya usually holds it in his left hand. The treatment of the drapery is particularly well observed and executed; for a related example, see H. Ingholt, Gandharan Art in Pakistan, 1957, cat. no. 302, p. 137.

    Provenance

    American Collection, 1990s
    Acquired in Christie's New York, 20 September 2006, lot 36