Pakistan and Afghanistan, Gandharan Empire, ca. 1st century CE. A panel carved from deep grey schist showing a tableau of multi-tiered columns, an archway over a large plant, and Buddha standing under an archway. In the first century CE, Buddhism became fashionable amongst Gandharan elites, and the art produced at this time depicting the Buddha are 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 artwork, with its columns and arches, exemplifies. Size: 2.1" L x 8.75" W x 3.45" H (5.3 cm x 22.2 cm x 8.8 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Private LA County collection
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