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Lot 193: PREACHING BUDDHA

Fine Asian Art

by Galerie Zacke Vienna

November 19, 2016

Vienna, Vienna, Austria

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Description: Grey slate. Gandhara, 2nd to 4th cent.

Seated with crossed legs in padmasana on a throne is Buddha Shakyamuni, very open facial features with big eyes and determined chin, ushnisha already developed and wavy hair. Numerous robe pleats is typical for the Hellenistic influence of Gandhara style. The position of both hands shows the "ignition" of Dharmacakra, teaching, e.g. preaching following enlightenment. Buddha sits in before a sun-like circular halo. The traces of age are pronounced, Buddha himself is well preserved, a larger flaw only in the area of the original base. On a black base.
HEIGHT (WITHOUT BASE) 41,5 CM
From the collection of a French noble family, which can be traced back to auf Évariste Regis Huc. For more information see no. 195.

Évariste Regis Huc (1813 – 1860), one of the most renowned explorers of Asia and missionary of the mid-19th cent, became world-famous for crossing Mongolia, Tibet and China. He was probably also the first European to reach Lhasa in 1846. The collection was systematically recorded and documented in 1967, although no data of acquisition time of the respective objects are included. 法國貴族家舊藏。原來被有名冒險家,傳教士Évariste Regis Huc (1813 – 1860) 帶回歐洲。這位收藏家於19世紀中期在蒙古,西藏以及中國大量旅遊,很有可能他作為第一個歐洲人於1846年進去拉薩市。他的亞洲美術品收藏於1967年被仔細紀錄及敘述,雖然他原來拿到大部分單獨藏品的材料很難找到。

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.

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