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Ancient Gandharan Schist Lion Palette - 200 AD

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Seller: artancientltd (9,489) 99.4%, Location: Huntingdon, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 390620221211 Details: A beautiful and very rare Gandharan schist-stone cosmetic Palette or Buddhist shrine, dating to the 1st-3rd Century A.D. The oval shaped artifact with smooth, lipped back, ornately carved surface and hinge socket at the top. The surface decorated with a lion, the front feet crossed and the tail curved around the hind legs. Intricate floral decoration surrounds the creature. Deeply carved and drilled to create a powerful aesthetic. The function of the piece is not clear, although the carved recess at the top suggests that a hinge was affixed, likely attaching it to a similarly carved oval section to form a complete portable palette or shrine. Buddhist merchants from ancient Gandhara are known to have produced portable accessories in Schist, carried with them along the silk route. Similar hinged shrines can be seen in Behrendt, The Art of Gandhara, p.81-81. Height mounted: 4 1/4 inches. Height: 3 inches Width: 4 1/8 inches. Provenance: Ex.Collection of Mr. Terrence Eva, London, acquired 1960's-1980's from the London art market. Authenticity All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be Authentic as described. For added security we offer a full money-back guarantee if a recognized authority disputes the authenticity of any object sold. We send paper invoices incorporating a signed certificate of authenticity and photograph of the item. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not aim to profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. For eBay customers If you wish to leave us a note or have a special request for delivery, please do not use the "item notes" on the ebay checkout. Instead, please send your request via the contact seller link. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. We are not responsible for customs delays/duties. As legitimate sellers, we abide by United Kingdom and European Union Export regulations. We do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. ArtAncient Limited is registered in England no. 06376708 Vat registration no: GB 948 9832 53. Services & Partners: inkFrog Analytics

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