Seller: acmer (73) 100%, Location: Klongsan District, BA, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 192001897128 Condition: Original. No repair., Material: Stucco, Details: 100% authentic antique, 6th Century A.D. Seated Meditation Gautama Buddha Statue from the Ancient Gandhara/Gandharan Region. The item is a museum quality master piece, with tastefully blending of Hellenistic and East Asian Art. The buddha face exhibits third eye on the forehead (symbol of wisdom awakening), curly hair and long ears, warm and kind facial expression, with small trace of original poly-chrome paint. This item has the beginning appearance of round shape face, characteristic of Asian art -- this form of localization started around 6th-7th century A.D. Some other items from 6th century A.D. period have the beginning appearance of downward looking eye lid (Gupta Style) but this item still exhibited the Greco-Style eye lid. The Gautama Buddha sits in the form (pose, gesture) of mediation on the lion throne base. The base is decorated with Hellenistic columns, guarding lions, and smaller seated buddha. The paint was mostly worn, given the age of over 1,500 years old and the harsh dry environment of Gandhara region. Looking at the back, this statue might be placed to the cave wall where it was better preserved in the cave. Other statue that was excavated from soil would exhibit much corroded surface and often dyed by the color of reddish soil. For Buddhist, seated Gautama Buddha is often placed in "meditation" room where people sit before the Buddha image, pray the rite of Buddha's teaching, and meditate -- unwind and become calm, carefully examining own souls, and reaching for the inner peace. The item was made from stucco. Using of stucco had been mastered by the Roman Empire and reached Gandharan area through the ancient silk road that linked Europe and Asia. Referred to the Book: The Art of Gandhara in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, starting from 4th Century A.D., trade and power had shift from Pakistan area to Afghanistan area. In Afghanistan, as they were building new trading posts, new monasteries, they chose to build more statues with stucco than with carving stones. The style, craftsmanship, material, and aging of this item are genuine of the Gandharan. Height 65 cm. Width 45 cm. Depth 15 cm. Weight around 25 kgs. The base is fixed to a metal plate for stability. Shipping and Handling We will have professional shipper to ship the item via ocean. Payment We accept PayPal only. Please make your payment within 7 days. Import Tax In buyer's country, buyer is responsible for the import duties, taxes, and charges. You can find more duty information at dutycalculator.com. We will write the sales price on the invoice unless you contact us. If you want us to declare differently or write lower cost on the invoice, please let us know when make your payment. Please understand that you may lose insurance coverage in that case. --------------------------- About GandharaGandhara was an ancient kingdom covering valley and plateau regions of Pakistan and northeastern Afghanistan. In 327 B.C, King Alexander the Great conquered Gandhara area and some of his troops settled there and developed remote Greek colonies "Bactrian Kingdoms" and spread the Greco arts in Asia. Later, the Kushan Empire conquered and unified the small kingdoms in Gandhara, with its peak of the empire during the reign of King Kanishka the Great, 127 AD. Around 1st Century AD, Taxila city in the Gandhara was the center of Greco-Buddhism Art and also the center of Mahayana School of Buddhism (The Great Vehicle School) that later spread on into China, Korea, and Japan. The first Buddhist text in Chinese language was translated by Kushan person that immigrated into Western China. We can see Gandhara influence in Chinese's Northern Wei Dynasty, Tang Dynasty, as well as Japanese's Nara Era. Gandhara was mentioned in various ancient Chinese records from Han to Tang Dynasty. Monk Xuan Zang of Tang Dynasty (618-906 A.D) recorded in then his renowned Journey to the West, about the Buddhist Kingdom in Today's northern Afghanistan. Greco-Buddhism started to dissolve from 8th century AD (no more Greco Buddhist artifacts were created) after waves of Hunnic and Muslim invasions.