Stone relief fragment showing a sitting youth with elaborate hairdo and well-shaped features.
The boy is looking upwards, his upper body leaning back a bit. The outstretched right arm is placed on the leg which rests on the ground, the other arm embraces the raised left knee.
The canonical stance known from Greek mythological figures like Eros or Atlas, often shown squatting on lower registers of Gandhara votive stupas.
Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century AD.
H. 8.2 cm (3.2 in), H. with ...click for details
Stone palette showing a couple with their arms resting on their shoulders.
The woman on the right is wearing a pleated skirt. She is holding a cloth which is slung around the calf of the naked man standing by her side.
Indented narrow edge and plain underside.
These so called cosmetic palettes are disconnected from Buddhist narrative and often depicted Greek mythological figures.
Stone palettes practically disappeared after the 1st century AD.
Gandhara, 1st/2nd century AD.
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Chinese funerary figure of a sitting hen showing traces of polychromy. Skilful modeling of the head; schematic rendition of the wings and the prominent tail.
Chickens and birds were common mortuary figures during the Han dynasty (202 BC-220 AD) and the North Wei dynasty (386–534 AD).
China, Han Dynasty, 202 BC-220 AD.
H. 7.5 cm (3 in), H. with stand 12.7 cm (5 in), L. 8.5 cm (3.3 in).
Intact with remains of red and black color. Root marks.
Swiss private collection.
Late Bronze Age Thai bracelet with the characteristic bands-and-knobs decoration.
Ban Chiang, Thailand, Middle Period, 1000-300 BC
D. 5 cm (2 in), D. 4,5 cm (1.75 in).
Smaller item intact, second ring broken and reglued (small chip missing)
Swiss art market.
Bronze bracelet with excellent malachite green patina. The item is formed from a bronze sheet and enhanced with horizontal trailing.
Ban Chiang Culture, Thailand, circa 300 BC.
H. 11.5 cm (4.5 in), upper D. 5.8 cm (2.3 in), lower D. 7.1 cm (2.8 in).
Intact, except for a small fragment out of the bottom. Mineralized bronze, two short crazes fixed. Soil deposits.
Swiss art market.