+ RELIEF WITH SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF BUDDHA, Gandhara, 4th century AD

Gandhara (area of present-day Pakistan and Afghanistan), 4th century AD

L 31.2 cm, H 10.8 cm, W 6 cm.

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A relief carved from stone (schist) presents two scenes from the life of Buddha Shakyamuni. The Buddha and other figures are depicted in long robes with carved draperies, and the composition resembles Hellenistic friezes from Greek and Roman temples. A halo surrounds the Buddha's head, and all the other figures are facing him. The sculptor showed the figures in a relatively naturalistic way, although their form today is somewhat blurred by time (stone erosion).

The art of the area of ancient Gandhara is often called Greek-Buddhist art, because the inhabitants of Gandhara drew profusely from Greek art, and the oldest known images of Buddha from this area, dating back to the 1st century AD, are often compared to Greek statues of Apollo. From the 4th century BC, i.e. the time of the conquests of Alexander the Great, Greek settlers founded cities in this area, which resulted in an intensive cultural and material exchange of the inhabitants of this region with the Greek and Roman worlds lasting for several centuries.

color: # 888888; ">Information:
https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/gand/hd_gand.htm

https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gandhara

auction results:

https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2017/saturday-at-sothebys-n09666/lot.1183.html

https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2015/indian-himalayan-southeast-asian-art-n09319/lot.1066.html?locale=en

/ Relief depicting scenes from the life of Buddha, Gandhara, schist, 1-5 century AD /