Ancient Gandhara region
This bodhisattva in schist is standing with his left hand holding a lotus which grows up along his arm. He is decorated with a tiara and rich jewelry, a complete halo behind his head. The finesse of the details is remarkable, a nice patina enhances the whole.
Although the representation of the bodhisattva is well known in Gandhara art, it takes till the 5th Century for the birth of the iconography of Avalokiteshvara, identifiable by the lotus and sometimes the presence of the Buddha Amitabha in his hair. This piece could be part of a portable altar and was meant for private devotion.
Private collection UK since the early 80 ies, Private collection Michael Phillips, Los Angeles, acquired from J.Tucker gallery in London
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