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Reserved for Kokhou Authentic Gandharan Schist Relief of Standing Bodhisattvas circa 1st century CE-COA- modern day Pakistan and Afghanistan

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Authentic Gandharan Schist Relief of Standing Bodhisattvas circa 1st century CE (AD). A beautiful grey schist panel depicting two rows of Bodhisattvas who surround an altar. The altar is empty now, but probably once held a figure of the seated Buddha. The central row of four standing Bodhisattvas is particularly well carved, with each posed in a lifelike manner, turned towards each other, standing contrapposto, and with unique, individualized faces. A column, now partially lost, borders the right side of the relief panel. Size: 12" W x 9.15" H (30.5 cm x 23.2 cm); 11" H (27.9 cm) on included custom stand. Condition: Wear on surface commensurate with age. Figure in altar and columnar figure are lost, as are the heads of the top three figures and part of the torso of one of the lower figures. Despite these losses, much of the original detail remains, especially of the four central figures. Provenance: Comes with Certificate of Authenticity from Artemis Gallery, prior: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Tomatsu Miura collection, Japan, acquired in the 1980s 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, which this Buddha exemplifies. Alexander the Great conquered Gandhara in 330 BCE and with the help of the Indo-Greek kings introduced classical traditions that would influence Gandharan art for the following seven centuries.