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    Sale 1974

    Indian & Southeast Asian Art

    21 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 568

    An important large gray schist relief of the Teaching Buddha

    GANDHARA, 2ND/3RD CENTURY

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    An important large gray schist relief of the Teaching Buddha
    Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century
    Well carved seated in dharmachakra mudra on a lotus pedestal, surrounded by Bodhisattvas standing in niches beside him and further Bodhisattvas arranged in registers, with two celestials holding a canopy above him
    27 in. (68.5 cm.) high


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    The scene belongs to a group of reliefs generally attributed to the miracle of Sravasti where Buddha performed eight miraculous feats using divine power before King Kosala in Sravasti, who had challenged his superiority. During the second and decisively overwhelming miracle, the two Naga kings, Nanda and Upananda, created a lotus on whose petals the Buddha seated himself and by supernatural power created multiple images of himself that issued all around him.
    For a related example in the Lahore Museum, with similarly organized architectural setting, see I. Kurita, Gandharan Art, vol. 1, 2003, cat. no. 395, p. 196.

    Provenance

    Private Asian Collection, 1980s