A RARE GRAY SCHIST CAPITAL DEPICTING A DEVOTEE WITH AN OFFERING
A RARE GRAY SCHIST CAPITAL DEPICTING A DEVOTEE WITH AN OFFERING

ANCIENT REGION OF GANDHARA, 3RD-4TH CENTURY CE

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A RARE GRAY SCHIST CAPITAL DEPICTING A DEVOTEE WITH AN OFFERING
ANCIENT REGION OF GANDHARA, 3RD-4TH CENTURY CE
9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm.) high; 22 in. (55.9 cm.) wide
Provenance
Private collection, Europe, before 1990.
Important private collection, Japan, by 1990.
Literature
I. Kurita, Gandharan Art, vol. II, Tokyo, 1990, p. 217, fig. 636.
M. Akira, Gandharan Art and Bamiyan Site, Tokyo, 2006, p. 112, fig. 83.

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Lot Essay

Lots 610 and 611, Indo-Corinthian capitals, once crowned columns and pilasters at important monuments, stupas, and temples. The present examples both present Buddhist figures, a bodhisattva and a devotee, interspersed within lush Corinthian-style foliage. A similar capital to lot 611, showing a Buddha with his hand raised in abhayamudra in the collection of the British Museum is illustrated by W. Zwalf in A Catalogue of the Gandhara Sculpture in the British Museum, London, 1996, no. 457. See, also, a capital in the Walters Art Museum (acc. no. 25.48), presenting a yakshi, or nature spirit, similar in scale to lot 610.

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