Ancient Huge Mathura Gandhara Buddha Buddhist King Kaniksha Statue Sandstone Yqz
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Northern India 200 - 400's
Statue of King Kaniksha, 90 AD, Mathura Museum, Uttar Pradesh.
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Northern India, 200 - 400's. Ancient HUGE Mathura Gandhara Buddha Buddhist King Kaniksha Statue Sandstone. A very rare sandstone fragment of a statue of a Mathuran warrior, possibly a royal statue with a smaller image of a consort or deity of diminutive form. The fragment now reduced to a pair of boots of banded leather (?) with the edge of a patterned robe above and trousers and a large girdle with hanging chains. The female figure of only knee height, wearing a long dhoti skirt with left hand lowered and right hand raised, possibly with a lotus bud in the style of a devi or Prajnaparamita (Bodhisattva of the Perfection of Buddhist Wisdom). The statue severed at hip level, and standing on an oblong base with damage to several sides and an uneven bottom. Remains of polychromy on the front of the plinth. The stone with the white flecking typical of Mathuran sandstone. It measures approx. 24" tall x 10" x 8".
The Mathuran Kushan kings (AD 30 - 375) were hellenized Indians, strongly influenced by the incursion of Western and middle Eastern culture in the wake of Alexander the Great's campaigns into India. Images in coins and the several royal statues which remain show a fashion for Parthian or Persian styled boots and leggings under wide tunics and Greek toga like mantles. This statue shows a curious mix of a typically Mathuran footwear with more later Gupta-style girdle and chains typical of a Boddhisattva image, and could possibly have been re-carved after it lost its cultural importance as a royal effigy and remade into a Buddhist religious statue. But they left the boots. Purchased from a New York City estate.
For those not familiar with Anthony Lee here is his bio: Anthony M. Lee is an institutional, market and collection consultant specializing in the arts of China, Japan, Korea, Himalayan Kingdoms, South and Southeast Asia. Starting as a salesperson at age 14 in Chinese antiques in a family business, he went on to university studies in Asian arts, as well as receiving his licenses in tea ceremony, with further studies of ceramics and religious art over eight years in Japan. For several years he was an associate dealer with Sotheby's online site and consultant with various sale houses and museums. Anthony has acted as consultant to over 20 museums, government agencies and trusts including the largest museums in Canada and the US, as well as major collectors, dealers, insurance and transportation companies worldwide.
He is considered by many to be one of the foremost experts in the world in Asian Art & Artifacts.
Anthony Lee started a website ages ago called Asianart. It is a place to post photos of your items and have experts identify them for you. (You can still post things there and folks will help you.) He no longer moderates it and identifies things for us as here on as an old friend. Estimated shipping weight, (packaged) is 55 lbs 8 oz in a 30 x 15 x 15 box. The Calculator is not always right - if the shipping looks too high email us and we will give you an accurate quote prior to the sale ending. ************ What a great find!
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