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I promised that THERE WAS MORE TO ASIAN ART THAN CHINESE AUCTION RECORDS ……

Please take some time to look at these Southeast Asian pieces, sold last year and just recently, in a less stratospheric price range. Very fine, very large, very rare pieces, items with strong and superb provenance, will sell in high price ranges but here you can find very interesting and sometimes rare antique items in a reasonable price range. 

 

A Gray Schist Figure of a Teaching Buddha

 

GANDHARA, 3RD CENTURY

 
 
Price Realized 
$8,125
  • Price includes buyer’s premium
Estimate
    $2,000 – $3,000
 

Sale Information

Sale 2300  at Christie’s
Indian and Southeast Asian Art 
23 March 2010 
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
 

Lot Description

A Gray Schist Figure of a Teaching Buddha 
Gandhara, 3rd century 
Seated in dhyanasana on a lotus base supported by three elephants over an openwork plinth, his hands in dharmachakramudra, dressed in a long sanghati draped over the left shoulder, his face with elongated eyes centered by a raised urna, the hair pulled over the ushnisha and backed by a nimbus 13 3/8 in. (34 cm.) high 
 
This is a good size statue from a time when Buddhism started to spread from kingdoms in northern India into northern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan,  before makings its way  over the Silk Road/Roads into Central Asia, western China, etc.  The main cities  for Gandhara were  Peshawar and Taxila.   The kingdom of Gandhara lasted from about the first century to the 11th century, with the  most striking sculptural pieces made under  the Buddhist Kushan kings  in the first to the fifth century.
 
More to come!
 
 
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