Near Eastern Ghandaran Stone Buddha Statuette
Gandharan, 2nd century AD. A carving of the Buddha in blue-grey schist against a plain discoid backplate; the pose upright, cross-legged and serene, with half-closed eyes, straight nose, arched eyebrows and elongated earlobes; the hair thick, drawn up into a topknot; the robe draped simply over the body; the left hand gripping a fold of cloth, the right raised with the palm outwards; the dais draped with cloth beneath; supplied with a custom-made stand. The Ghandaran Empire was located in the region of modern Afghanistan, Pakistan, and northwest India. Ghandaran art combines Graeco-Roman artistic techniques with traditional Indian Buddhist iconography in a unique hybrid style. From an old English collection. 4.64 Kg including base, 31.5 cm including base. (12 1/4").
Very fine condition.