20 March 2009
A gray schist relief with the Birth of Buddha
Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century
Finely carved depicting the Birth of Buddha at lower right and his horse Kanthaka beneath a balustrade, with figures in arched niches above
8¼ x 13 3/8 in. (21.5 x 34 cm.)
Japanese Collection, acquired in the 1990s
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I. Kurita, Gandharan Art, vol. I, 2003, p. 35, fig. 47
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