G650 GREY SCHIST FIGURE OF A BODHISATTVA


G650 GREY SCHIST FIGURE OF A BODHISATTVA

GANDHARA, 2ND – 3RD CENTURY AD

H. 36 CMS, 14 INS

A grey schist bust of a jewelled Bodhisattva, his face smiling and handsome, his long hair spilling over his shoulders and secured by a diadem, wearing intricate and extensive jewellery and a sweeping robe with long 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 English collection.