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A gray schist relief with the archery contest
A gray schist relief with the archery contest

GANDHARA, 2ND/3RD CENTURY

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A gray schist relief with the archery contest
Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century
Carved with Siddhartha drawing a bow on his steed Kanthaka in full gallop, flanked by two attendant figures, separated from a large column at left
12 7/8 in. (32.7 cm.) wide
Provenance
Hiruma Collection, Japan, before 1986
Literature
T. Kuno, Gandhara Art, 1986, pl. no. 24

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Lot Essay

The relief most likely depicts one of a series of athletic contests, including archery and wrestling, whereby Siddhartha justified his worth as a suitor for his bride-to-be, Yasodhara.

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