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3rd C. Gandharan Schist Panel with Atlas

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3rd C. Gandharan Schist Panel with Atlas

Lot 0128 Details

Description
Central Asia, Afghanistan, Gandhara, ca. 3rd to 5th century CE. A deeply carved, high relief grey schist panel depicting the Greek Titan Atlas in a dynamic pose as he holds up his left arm to support the ceiling above him and places his weight on his right. The muscular deity is shown seated with his right leg folded to his side and his left knee propped up before him. He is dressed in a loin cloth and exhibits strong shoulders, powerful pectorals, and an attenuated waist. Capped by thick, luscious waves, his visage is angled upward to his left, displaying almond-shaped eyes beneath an arched brow, a bulbous nose, and a lengthy moustache above a pair of petite, closed lips. Note his magnificent wings, shown in low relieve behind him and pluming outwards - a frequent characteristic of Atlas in artistic tradition of ancient Gandhara. The wonderful deity is enveloped by a lovely zigzag border and an indecipherable mason's mark can be found on the verso of the piece. An exceptional example - rich with Classical attributes, Gandharan iconography, and artistic virtuosity! Size: 6" L x 3.125" W x 5.625" H (15.2 cm x 7.9 cm x 14.3 cm)

When the Titans were defeated, many of the Titanomachy including Menoetius were confined to Tartarus, but Atlas was sent to stand at the edge of Gaia (Earth) and hold up the Heavens on his shoulders. This was Zeus' order so that the pair would not be able to resume their primordial embrace. The Greco-Buddhist stylization of Atlas depicts him with enormous, billowing wings, which imbue him with a super-human appearance.

The Gandharan Empire made itself wealthy in part by controlling lucrative trade along the mountain passes between China in the East and the Near East and Mediterranean in the West; a great deal of this wealth went into local patronage of artisans and art. In the first century CE, Buddhism became fashionable amongst Gandharan elites, and the art produced at this time depicting the Buddha includes some of the most striking Buddhist images from the past. Their artistic tradition also reflects the conquest of Alexander the Great and the introduction of styles from all sides, blended into a uniquely Gandharan tradition, which this depiction of Atlas exemplifies.

This piece has been searched against the Art Loss Register database and has been cleared. The Art Loss Register maintains the world’s largest database of stolen art, collectibles, and antiques.

Provenance: private Vero Beach, Florida, USA collection; ex-private England, UK collection, acquired in the 1980s

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#163784
Condition
Losses to lower right corner and top of periphery. Chips to periphery. Expected light nicks and abrasions, as well as some softening of detail, all commensurate with age. Otherwise excellent with light earthen deposits in recessed areas.
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3rd C. Gandharan Schist Panel with Atlas

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0128: 3rd C. Gandharan Schist Panel with Atlas

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Est. $3,800 - $5,700Starting Price $1,900
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Lot 0128 Details

Description
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Central Asia, Afghanistan, Gandhara, ca. 3rd to 5th century CE. A deeply carved, high relief grey schist panel depicting the Greek Titan Atlas in a dynamic pose as he holds up his left arm to support the ceiling above him and places his weight on his right. The muscular deity is shown seated with his right leg folded to his side and his left knee propped up before him. He is dressed in a loin cloth and exhibits strong shoulders, powerful pectorals, and an attenuated waist. Capped by thick, luscious waves, his visage is angled upward to his left, displaying almond-shaped eyes beneath an arched brow, a bulbous nose, and a lengthy moustache above a pair of petite, closed lips. Note his magnificent wings, shown in low relieve behind him and pluming outwards - a frequent characteristic of Atlas in artistic tradition of ancient Gandhara. The wonderful deity is enveloped by a lovely zigzag border and an indecipherable mason's mark can be found on the verso of the piece. An exceptional example - rich with Classical attributes, Gandharan iconography, and artistic virtuosity! Size: 6" L x 3.125" W x 5.625" H (15.2 cm x 7.9 cm x 14.3 cm)

When the Titans were defeated, many of the Titanomachy including Menoetius were confined to Tartarus, but Atlas was sent to stand at the edge of Gaia (Earth) and hold up the Heavens on his shoulders. This was Zeus' order so that the pair would not be able to resume their primordial embrace. The Greco-Buddhist stylization of Atlas depicts him with enormous, billowing wings, which imbue him with a super-human appearance.

The Gandharan Empire made itself wealthy in part by controlling lucrative trade along the mountain passes between China in the East and the Near East and Mediterranean in the West; a great deal of this wealth went into local patronage of artisans and art. In the first century CE, Buddhism became fashionable amongst Gandharan elites, and the art produced at this time depicting the Buddha includes some of the most striking Buddhist images from the past. Their artistic tradition also reflects the conquest of Alexander the Great and the introduction of styles from all sides, blended into a uniquely Gandharan tradition, which this depiction of Atlas exemplifies.

This piece has been searched against the Art Loss Register database and has been cleared. The Art Loss Register maintains the world’s largest database of stolen art, collectibles, and antiques.

Provenance: private Vero Beach, Florida, USA collection; ex-private England, UK collection, acquired in the 1980s

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#163784
Condition
...
Losses to lower right corner and top of periphery. Chips to periphery. Expected light nicks and abrasions, as well as some softening of detail, all commensurate with age. Otherwise excellent with light earthen deposits in recessed areas.

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