23 - 24 July 2003
This lot is offered without a reserve
A Gray Schist Fragment
Gandhara, 2nd/3rd Century
Expressively carved with a female figure wearing a wreath and holding aloft a fan
10½ in. (27 cm.) high
Acquired by the present owner in Pakistan in 1961 while filming a documentary.
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