CATALOGUE No. 2 STANDING SCHIST BODHISATTVA
2ND – 3RD CENTURY AD
H. 71 CMS, 28 INS
An exceptional grey schist figure of a Bodhisattva, perhaps Maitreya (the Future Buddha), his face moustached and handsome, his long hair spilling over his shoulders and gathered into a flamboyant top-knot and secured by a diadem, wearing intricate and extensive jewellery and a lower garment secured by a twisted cord around the waist, with a long scarf wrapped around and under the left arm.
This figure is dressed in the attire and adornments of Kushan royalty. For a group of similar Bodhisattvas, please see nos. 31-32, 63-74 and 105-109 in Isao Kurita, Gandharan Art II: The Buddha’s Life Story, Tokyo: Nigensha publishing, 2003.
NB: Nos. 31-32 are especially reminiscent of this sculpture and were possible created by the same sculptor or studio.
Provenance: Private English collection.