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    Sale 1974

    Indian & Southeast Asian Art

    21 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 518

    An important gray schist figure of Maitreya


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    An important gray schist figure of Maitreya
    Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century
    Standing with his left hand lowered holding the bottle containing the elixir of immortality, wearing a dhoti with elaborate cascading folds and secured with a finely detailed sash at the waist, a further cloak draped across his shoulder in an elegant sweeping curve, beaded necklaces and armlets, his face with a serene expression with crisply delineated features and hair tied in a looped topknot, backed by a round nimbus inscribed with the Buddhist creed
    54 in. (137 cm.) high

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    This figure displays remarkable aspects in the carving of the drapery, with elaborate and complex treatment and observation. It is extremely rare to find the Buddhist creed inscribed on the halo.
    This sculpture set a record for the field when it was last offered by Christie's in London in April 1988.


    Christie's London, 12 April 1988, lot 212
    Private Collection, Japan

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the correct estimate for this lot is $250,000-$350,000