Catalogue no. 2 LARGE SCHIST FIGURE OF ATLAS
2ND – 3RD CENTURY AD
H. (EXCLUDING A SHORT TANG) 48 CMS, 19 INS
A large grey schist figure of a winged Atlas; with an intense, imperious expression, his physique muscular and powerful, in a resting cross-legged posture with his hands linked around his right shin; extensive traces of gilding on the surface.
These classical figures can still be found in situ at Taxila. Alfred Foucher refers to them as Yakshas. For a series of schist Atlas figures in the British Museum, either free-standing or as fragments of reliefs, see nos. 355-378 in W. Zwalf, A Catalogue of the Gandhara Sculpture in the British Museum, London: British Museum Press, 1996.
Provenance: Private collection, UK.