Lot 194. Rare statue de Bouddha Shakyamuni en schiste gris, Ancienne région du Gandhara, IIème-IIIème siècle.Hauteur : 75 cm. (29 ½ in.) ; socle. Estimate EUR 70,000 - EUR 90,000 (USD 78,489 - USD 100,914). Price realised EUR 230,500 (USD 257,392). © Christie's Images Ltd 2017
Il est représenté debout, le genou gauche légèrement fléchi en avant. Sa main gauche tient un pan de sa robe plissée. Sa tête est tournée vers la gauche. Son visage est méditatif, ses yeux mi-clos et ses cheveux ondulés coiffés en chignon. Une section de sa mandorle est visible derrière sa tête.
AN IMPORTANT GREY SCHIST FIGURE OF BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI, ANCIENT GANDHARA REGION, 2ND-3RD CENTURY
Provenance: Private French collection.
Note: This sculpture has been appraised by M. Beurdeley, Paris, 6 March 1979.
The standing Buddha is of the finest quality and originally placed in a shrine, niche or courtyard of a Buddhist monastery. Detached images of the Buddha are characteristic of the advanced phase of Gandhara art. They started to appear in the late second century when the Mahayana form of Buddhism gained popularity. The worship of the Buddha was encouraged and culminated in an ever-growing demand for his icons. His simple but well carved pleated dress and wavy hair combed over the rather low cranial protuberance suggests a third century date. This specific Buddha figure shows his head slightly tilted and watching to the left, which makes it a rare example as such. It seems that the Buddha listens attentively and in upper concentration to his followers.
Christie's. Art d'Asie, 20 June 2017, Paris