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Gandharan Schist Relief Panel w/ Musician & Dancer
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Central Asia, Northwest Pakistan, Gandharan Empire, ca. 2nd to 3rd century CE. A lively schist relief depicting a celebratory scene of 2 bare-chested females, one playing the flute and the other dancing. The musician holds her instrument diagonally across her chest as she sits with legs bent in a type of squatting position and looks to her left. Her partner balances on one foot in a stomping motion, both arms outspread in an ecstatic pose. Both wear sarongs wrapped around their lower bodies as well as bangles, anklets, and serpentine headdresses. A pillar to the right separates them from a third figure who wears a tunic and raises his right hand, perhaps in a gesture of blessing or greeting. Size: 10.5" W x 7.3" H (26.7 cm x 18.5 cm)

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 included 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 Western aesthetics, blended into a uniquely Gandharan tradition.

Cf. Ashmolean Museum at Oxford, accession number EA1997.15.

Provenance: East Coast collection, New York Gallery, New York City, New York, USA, acquired before 2010

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#177291
Condition
Fragment of a larger piece with chipping to peripheries and raised areas, as well loss of figure on right and softening of detail throughout. Surface wear as shown. Otherwise, nice preservation of decorative program.
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Gandharan Schist Relief Panel w/ Musician & Dancer

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0076: Gandharan Schist Relief Panel w/ Musician & Dancer
Buy Now for $1,800
Est. $1,800 - $2,500Starting Price $1,000
VARIETY | Antiquities, Ethnographic, Fine Art
Mar 19, 2023 11:00 AM EDT
Buyer's Premium 26.5%
Lot 0076 Details
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Central Asia, Northwest Pakistan, Gandharan Empire, ca. 2nd to 3rd century CE. A lively schist relief depicting a celebratory scene of 2 bare-chested females, one playing the flute and the other dancing. The musician holds her instrument diagonally across her chest as she sits with legs bent in a type of squatting position and looks to her left. Her partner balances on one foot in a stomping motion, both arms outspread in an ecstatic pose. Both wear sarongs wrapped around their lower bodies as well as bangles, anklets, and serpentine headdresses. A pillar to the right separates them from a third figure who wears a tunic and raises his right hand, perhaps in a gesture of blessing or greeting. Size: 10.5" W x 7.3" H (26.7 cm x 18.5 cm)

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 included 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 Western aesthetics, blended into a uniquely Gandharan tradition.

Cf. Ashmolean Museum at Oxford, accession number EA1997.15.

Provenance: East Coast collection, New York Gallery, New York City, New York, USA, acquired before 2010

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.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#177291
Condition
...
Fragment of a larger piece with chipping to peripheries and raised areas, as well loss of figure on right and softening of detail throughout. Surface wear as shown. Otherwise, nice preservation of decorative program.
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