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black schist figure of the teaching BUDDHA, 2nd/3rd Century AD, Gandhara, India the base referring to the miracle of Sravasti

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Seller: jandiemen (3,000) 100%, Location: Diemen, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 123105568151 This item is relisted because of a non-paying bidder. The Buddha seated in dhyanasana on a base supported by three (damaged) elephants among the remains of a dentil frieze, the Buddha with the bare soles of his feet upturned, his hands raised before his chest in the gesture of Dharmachakra, wearing a sanghati draped across his left shoulder, his face in a meditative expression, backed by a round nimbus. This depiction refers to the miracle of Sravasti where Buddha performed several miracles to demonstrate his superiority over the Kasyapas, the Buddhas of the past. During the first miracle, Buddha levitated in the air, emitting flames from his shoulders and water from his feet. Then, during the second and decisive miracle, the two serpent Naga Kings, Nanda and Upananda, created a seat for the Buddha. The Sanskrit word naga denotes both serpent and elephant, allowing the sculptor to let the seat be carried by elephants as elephant-nagas, evoking the serpent kings Nanda and Upananda. In other depictions of this same miracle the seat is carried by also 3 elephants or 1 lion flanked by 2 elephants. Provenance :- Collection M. Butt, UK, acquired in the 1950's.- Art Ancient Ltd, UK. The statue has a weight of 2465 gram and is 29 centimeters high. Condition as pictured, repair of a clean cut (see picture 6) and extensive superficial and deeper wear and loss of material, clearly visible in the pictures, especially extensive damage to the base. Items can be returned for any or no reason. Your satisfaction is my first priority. I do combine shipping. Items are shipped within 2 days after payment. The shipping fee will be the actual one, but will never exceed 37 USD for Europe and 69 USD for the rest of the world. Please wait for my invoice with the actual shipping fee. Condition: Condition as pictured, repair of a clean cut (see picture 6) and extensive superficial and deeper wear and loss of material, clearly visible in the pictures, especially extensive damage to the base., Material: Stone, Provenance: Ownership History Available

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