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Seller: skf-fineart (2,942) 100%, Location: Los Angeles, California, Ships to: Americas, Europe, Asia, AU, Item: 380998788283 ANCIENT GANDHARAN SCHIST STONE SCULPTURE BUST OF BODHISATTVA, circa 200 AD This is a magnificent original ANCIENT GANDHARAN SCHIST STONE SCULPTURE BUST OF BODHISATTVA (AVALOKITESWVARA), circa 2nd Century AD. Made in Gandhara, in what is now Pakistan and Afghanistan, this sculpture reflects the international style that was present in this ancient kingdom. Gandhara was located along the Silk Road, the primary mercantile route that connected the East to the West. Buddhist images from this region were influenced by Greco-Roman examples. This sculpture measures 11 ½" high, 5 ½" wide, 3" deep and is in good original ancient condition, there are losses to the left side of the figures face and body. PROVENANCE: A Southern California Estate, originally acquired prior to 1970. Authenticity is GUARANTEED. Packing, shipping and insurance within the US is $117.00, please contact me for international shipping rates. Please view my other auctions and eBay store for additional museum quality fine art and collectibles. The origins of Greco-Buddhist art are to be found in the Hellenistic Greco-Bactrian kingdom (250 BC- 130 BC), located in today's Afghanistan, from which Hellenistic culture radiated into the Indian subcontinent with the establishment of the Indo-Greek kingdom (180 BC-10 BC). Under the Indo-Greeks and then the Kushans, the interaction of Greek and Buddhist culture flourished in the area of Gandhara, in today's northern Pakistan, before spreading further into India, influencing the art of Mathura, and then the Hindu art of the Gupta empire, which was to extend to the rest of South-East Asia. The influence of Greco-Buddhist art also spread northward towards Central Asia, strongly affecting the art of the Tarim Basin, and ultimately the arts of China, Korea, and Japan. Payment I accept the following forms of payment: PayPal Shipping & Handling $117.00 USPS Priority Mail® Material: Schist stone, Region of Origin: Gandhara, Age: 200 AD

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