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Lot 0292
**Originally Listed At $900**

Central Asia, Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan, Gandharan Empire, ca. 2nd to 3rd century CE. A beautiful sculpture depicting a meditative figure seated atop a tiered lotus base, hand-carved from light-grey schist. The figure sits in the lotus position while clasping both hands atop his lap in a praying pose, and the pleats of the lengthy vestments flow across the composition. The serene countenance is comprised of downturned almond-shaped eyes, a broad nose, full lips between puffy cheeks, and tall ears with drooping lobes, all beneath a wavy coiffure and a central ushnisha and framed with a circular corona. Size: 3.4" W x 7.75" H (8.6 cm x 19.7 cm); 8.7" H (22.1 cm) on included custom stand.

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 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.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Boris Mussienko collection, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA, acquired in the 1980s

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Losses to areas of hands, knees, and base as shown. Minor nicks to legs, body, arms, head, and corona, with softening to some finer details, and light encrustations within recessed areas. Light earthen deposits throughout. Old inventory label on verso.

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Gandharan Schist Seated Figure - Meditative Pose

Estimate $1,800 - $2,700
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