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Gandharan Schist Statue of Buddha

3rd century AD



"Among the Indians are those philosophers also who follow the precepts of Boutta, whom they honour as a god on account of his extraordinary sanctity." Clement of Alexandria (AD 150-215), Stromata, I.15 This finely carved stone statue depicts the Buddha wearing long robes, with cascading folds of fabric clinging to the contours of his body in beautiful Graeco-Buddhist style. Such statues were commonly seen in the religious precincts of Gandhara, the birthplace of iconic Buddhist art. Ancient Gandhara, nestled in the snowy peaks and lush valleys of the Hindu Kush, was a meeting place between East and West. The region’s strategic position encouraged successive waves of foreign invaders, whose cultures were aptly adopted and recontextualised by the local population. This dynamic multiculturalism brought forth sculpture of incredible sophistication, melding the complex nontheistic world of Buddhism with the idealism of the finest Greco-Roman art. Head and outer edge of robe reattached. Old restorations to back right side of head and nose. Provenance: Private French collection, acquired from the Le Breton Gallery (13, rue de Paradis, 13006 Marseille) in the late 1960s. With French cultural property passport 188247.


  • Creation Year
    3rd century AD
  • Dimensions
    Height: 20.87 in. (53 cm)Diameter: 5.91 in. (15 cm)
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU135725930602

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