Lot 67: Carved Stone Sitting Buddha, Gandhara Kingdom, 200-300 AD

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Description: Carved Stone Sitting Buddha, Gandhara Kingdom, 200-300 AD Presumably, this stone head was a part of the Buddhist Temple carved in a solid rock. This sample is original, not restored or altered in any way. Height: 7.1 inches = 18 cm; Width: 3.5 inches = 9.5 cm; Depth: 1” inches = 2.5 cm; Weight: 1 lb. 9.7 oz. = 729 g; Material: Schist stone; Condition: Small chips all over, but good preservation, considering age (1700 years old). No restoration; original condition. Provenance: from private collection (more info is available on demand) Additional photos of several Gandhara items are available on demand, so you can create a composition (combination) of several carved figures, which will make your collection more full. Gandh?ra (Sanskrit/Hindi: ?????? Gand??r?, Urdu/Punjabi: ???????, Pashto: ??????,'; also known as ?????? Waihind in Persian), is the name of an ancient kingdom (Mahajanapada), located in northern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan. Gandhara was located mainly in the vale of Peshawar, the Potohar plateau (see Taxila) and on the Kabul River. Its main cities were Purushapura (modern Peshawar), literally meaning City of Man[1] and Takshashila (modern Taxila).[2] The Kingdom of Gandhara lasted from the early 1st millennium BC to the 11th century AD. It attained its height from the 1st century to the 5th century under the Buddhist Kushan Kings. The Hindu term Shahi is used by history writer Al-Biruni[3] to refer to the ruling Hindu dynasty[4] that took over from the Turki Shahi and ruled the region during the period prior to Muslim conquests of the 10th and 11th centuries. After it was conquered by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1021 CE, the name Gandhara disappeared. During the Muslim period the area was administered from Lahore or from Kabul. During Mughal times the area was part of Kabul province.
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