Ancient Gandharan Stone Standing Buddha

Ancient Gandharan Stone Standing Buddha

Item Number: 20066

$4,950.00

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Period: c. 2nd CE
Dimensions: Including stand: 22" (56 cm), 30 lbs ready to ship
Material: Stone
Condition: Very fine, pieces missing from his halo, the right hand is missing and almost invisible repair at ankles
Region: Gandhara
Provenance: From an old English collection; bought London 13 November 1953
Description
A very handsome carved greystone figure of the Buddha standing in the customary samabhanga (frontal posture) in a contemplative mood. Wearing a sanghati (heavy monastic robe) over both shoulders. He stands on a plinth with a motif twice repeated on the front. The sanghati displays the skill of the artist and his knowledge of the Greco-Roman tradition in its drapery. The large plain nimbus partly missing. The head has some of the sacred markings associated with Buddha - the prominent usnisa (hair bun on the top of the head) symbolizing supreme wisdom, the urna on the forehead symbolizing spiritual light, the half-closed eyes give an other-worldly look to his face. These are the details of the accepted canonical rule portrayal of the Buddha after he was no longer portrayed with mustache and open eyes. The long earlobes suggest their elongation due to the Buddha wearing heavy jewels in his early life as a prince. Set off on a custom-made stand. An impressive display.
Ref."The Buddhist Art of Gandhara", Sir John Marshall, Cambridge University Press, 1960

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