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A gray schist figure of a seated Bodhisattva
A gray schist figure of a seated Bodhisattva

GANDHARA, 3RD/4TH CENTURY

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A gray schist figure of a seated Bodhisattva
Gandhara, 3rd/4th century
Seated on a cushion-covered base with his hands folded in his lap, wearing a dhoti and adorned with multiple necklaces and armlets, his face with almond-shaped eyes and moustache, the hair arranged in spiral curls over the ushnisha with locks spilling down to the shoulders, backed by a halo
24 in. (61 cm.) high

Lot Essay

The bold carving gives this figure a striking presence, pointing to more distant regions and the Swat valley during the later phase of Gandhara.

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