Lot 186: FRIES WITH BUDDHA AND COMPANION FIGURES
November 19, 2016
Vienna, Vienna, AustriaLive Auction
Green grey slate. Gandhara, former West-India, approximatley 2nd – 3rd cent.
Gandhara is the region whose culture was essentially influenced by late Greece (Greco-Bactrian Empire) through the campaigns of Alexander the Great. Here originated the first portrayals of Buddha. This fries piece shows the historical Buddha Shakyamuni in the center seated in meditation on a pedestal. One hand is raised in the gesture of protection abhayamudra. He is accompanied by two acolytes. Typical for Gandhara is the toga-like robe (shoulder is not bared yet as usual in later Buddha depictions) as well as the combed-back wavy hair. The Greco-Roman influence is demonstrated also by the columns bordering the fries on the side. Patina and flaws due to age.
SIZE 34,5 x 40 CM (HW)
From a German private collection, afterwards collection Sohel Ch., New Delhi - Vienna
A noteworthy share of the antiques offered here – around 130 lots – originate from the Collection Sohel Ch., a successful business man from Delhi who spent many years in Vienna. The part of his collection, which we here offer, was mainly acquired in the art trade of Vienna. The chief reason for his collecting activity, which he perpetuated with considerable specialized knowledge, sense for quality and great committment, was to establish a private Asian museum in his native city of New Delhi. Because of severe illness, it was impossible for him to realize his plan and he thus decided to submit us the entire complex of his "Viennese collection" for sale.
來自 Sohel Ch. 先生的舊藏
這本圖錄所紀錄的藝術品的大部分（約130件）來自 Sohel Ch. 先生的舊藏。這位收藏家是個來自新德里的古董拒買，曾有數年住在維也納。這次所介紹的藝術品主要來自他的維也納分點。他數十年的努力，知識和質量敏感都曾進入他的收藏活動，結果之一為在其城市，新德里，收藏到了一個原來屬於私人亞洲美術館的收藏的全部藏品。很不幸的是這位收藏家最近生病極為嚴重，無法實現自己原來對藝術藏品的願望，結果把全部維也納分店的收藏提供給拍賣公司給以賣出。
Lots 186 - 195 offer rare sculptures and reliefs from Gandhara, formerly West India, Pakistan today. Gandhara was a province in the old Greco-Bactrian Empire. The Hellenistic influence arrived there as a result of the campaigns of Alexander the Great. In Gandhara originated the first Buddha depictions in history. They are singular is the integration of Indian and Greco-Roman style – interestingly, the iconography of the depictions of that time have remained unchanged up to present day. Buddha depictions of Gandhara count among the great rarities in the art market.