100-300 AD. Gandharan. An amazing arched Gandharan panel made of schist with a scene from the life of Buddha. The Buddha is placed at the centre of the composition seated in dhyanasana upon a pedestal with his arms folded in his lap, the face with downcast eyes, flanked by adoring attendant figures dressed in robes with finely incised folds. The inner composition is framed by a register of winged garudas in flight. Garudas are a mythical race in Buddhist mythology. Originally depicted as bearing the head, beak, wings and talons of an eagle but the arms, legs and torso of a human, they gradually evolved to be represented as winged humans over time. They are often considered to be protectors of Buddhist temples. 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:280mm / W:270mm ; 7.6kg
Provenance: From an old British collection of Asian Art formed in the 1990 on the UK and European art market:.