23 September 2020
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A GREEN SCHIST FRIEZE FRAGMENT DEPICTING A MARINE DEITY
ANCIENT REGION OF GANDHARA, SWAT VALLEY, 2ND-4TH CENTURY CE
11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm.) high
Private collection, Europe, before 1990.
Important private collection, Japan, by 1990.
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I. Kurita, Gandharan Art, vol. II, Tokyo, 1990, p. 146, fig. 418.
Compare the treatment of the present figure's anatomy to the naturalistic musculature depicted in a serpentinite stair riser relief in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (acc. no.13.96.21). These schematic figures are also portrayed holding oars and wearing acanthus leaves around their hips, suggesting that they are marine deities or boatmen.