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Lot 1392: Gandharan Meditating Buddha Freeze Panel
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 1st-3rd century AD. A schist panel depicting the Buddha seated on a throne, right hand held up in blessing, left holding robes; hair pulled up into a top knot and with halo behind; to either side of the Buddha two tiers of disciples wearing monastic robes; base of throne decorated with central wheel with two deer to either side; mounted on a custom-made stand. 18.3 kg, 24cm including stand (9 1/2"). Acquired on the London art market prior to 1980. The symbolism of the wheel on the throne represents the teachings of the Buddha and the eight fold path, represented by the spokes on the wheel. The eight fold path, one of the central teachings of the Buddha and is summarised as: Right understanding: understanding that the Four Noble Truths are noble and true. Right thought: determining and resolving to practice Buddhist faith. Right speech: avoiding slander, gossip, lying, and all forms of untrue and abusive speech. Right conduct: adhering to the idea of nonviolence (ahimsa), as well as refraining from any form of stealing or sexual impropriety. Right means of making a living: not slaughtering animals or working at jobs that force you to violate others.Right mental attitude or effort: avoiding negative thoughts and emotions, such as anger and jealousy. Right mindfulness: having a clear sense of one?s mental state and bodily health and feelings. Right concentration: using meditation to reach the highest level of enlightenment. The deer to either side of the wheel allude to the deer park in Sarnath, a few miles North of the city of Varanasi, where the Buddha gave his first sermon and set the wheel of the law in motion.
Condition Report: Fine condition.