100-300 AD. Gandharan. A grey schist panel depicting Hariti and Panchika. Panchika (left) is depicted as a pot-bellied, moustachioed man, with richly detailed features including almond-shaped eyes, an aquiline nose, thin lips and large, pendulous ears. He wears an elaborate, bejewelled headdress; several necklaces and armbands further ornament his bare flesh; a robe is draped around his waist. He sits with his right hand on its knee and looks to his left, with his left arm outstretched, as his converses with Hariti (right). Hariti is represented as a stout woman, with pudgy but pleasant features framed by neatly curled hair and an equally elaborate headdress. Her flowing gown is draped over full, pert breasts, between which hangs a substantial pendant necklace. Her left hand sits on her knee, with her open palm facing upwards; in it she holds an unidentified object. She looks to her right, deep in discussion with her neighbour. Panchika is the Buddhist god of wealth and Hariti is a mother goddess. When depicted together, they typically symbolise prosperity as in the Buddhist tradition, the pair are said to have produced 500 million billon trillion children. Gandhara was an ancient region in the Peshawar basin in the north-west of the ancient Indian subcontinent. The Kushan period (c. 75-451 AD) of Gandharan art, to which this example belongs, was the golden age of artistic production in the area. For further discussion on Gandharan art, see Jongeward, D. 2019, Buddhist Art Of Gandhara in the Ashmolean Museum. Oxford, Oxford University Press. Good condition.
Size: L:265mm / W:255mm ; 7.4kg
Provenance: From an old British collection of Asian Art formed in the 1990 on the UK and European art market:.