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Gandhara Schist Cosmetic Palette with Buddha, 3rd Century A.D.
c. 1st Century B.C./A.D.
Representing Buddha, seated over a lotus flower and holding a cornucopia.
Scholars have suggested that these palettes were used to mix cosmetic products. The Ancient Orient Museum was able to analyse the remains of substances adhering to a number of stone palettes which turned out to be coloured cosmetic powders akin to blush. A frieze discovered in Butkara shows a woman using a mirror as she puts her fingers into one of these stone palettes.

Size:14.7 cm D - 5 13/16 inches
Material:Schist
Culture:Gandhara, c. 3rd Century A.D.
c. 1st Century B.C./A.D.
Provenance: Professor Z. P. Butt extensive collection of sculptures of the Gandhara empire.

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Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity

Condition

Minor chips to rim, otherwise intact

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Gandhara Schist Cosmetic Palette with Buddha, 3rd

Estimate $1,100 - $1,500Sep 26, 2018