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Lot 1418: Gandharan Stucco Seated Buddha
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 3rd-5th century AD. A statuette of Buddha seated cross-legged with hands folded in the lap; coral pink pigment remaining; mounted on a custom-made stand. Cf. Behrendt, K. The Art of Gandhara in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007, pp. 64-68 for a discussion on stucco sculpture. 2 kg, 27cm including stand (10 1/2"). Property of a North London gentleman; formerly with a Mayfair gallery in the 1980s. The use of stucco, clay and terracotta for the production of images at Gandharan Buddhist sites was particularly popular due to the fact that it was easier and cheaper to work than the usual schist stone. because stucco is susceptible to water damage such sculpture often does not survive. With the rapid expansion of Buddhism in the area and the need for monastic and other religious sites to cater for the needs of the faithful, stucco proved to be a favourite material in decorating these sites; the images range in size from small devotional pieces to monumental sculptures, such as those found at Takht-i-bahi in Pakistan.
Condition Report: Fine condition; neck repaired.