Catalogue no. 3 GREY SCHIST BUST OF A BODHISATTVA
2ND – 3RD CENTURY AD
H. 53 CMS, 21 INS
An impressive grey schist bust of a jewelled Bodhisattva, perhaps Maitreya (the Future Buddha) in the guise of a Kushan prince, his face moustached and handsome, his long hair spilling over his shoulders and secured by a diadem, wearing intricate and extensive jewellery and a sweeping robe with cascading pleats.
The figure is dressed in the attire and adornments of Kushan royalty. For a group of similar Bodhisattvas, please see nos. 105-109 in Isao Kurita, Gandharan Art II: The Buddha’s Life Story, Tokyo: Nigensha publishing, 2003.
Provenance: Private collection, UK.
Previously sold by us in September 2000.