Gandhara Warrior or Guardian, 2nd/3rd Century AD
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Middle Eastern: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1171431
Ostracon Ancient Art
Bernhard I. Müller, PhD
Gallery by appointment
Back view sculpture of a soldier or guardian with his head turned to the left.
The face shows an alert gaze with finely modeled features, the side of the face close to the (lost) panel behind is cursorily rendered. The man wears a tight cap with bulged edge and earrings (?). He is clad in a rhombus patterned armour or a quilted upper garment. Thick cording at the neck and the end of the short sleeves.
In Buddhist art, warriors or hunters are sometimes part of the jataka or story of ‘The Exchange of Clothes’, where prince Siddhartha swaps his rich clothes for those from a warrior or hunter who is passing by. It is by no means certain, but this is a possible background for this piece.
Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century AD
H. 9.8 cm (3.9 in)
Fragmentary. Tip of the nose hit, otherwise fine condition.
Ronnie Bussey collection, London, since the 1960s.
The authenticity of the item is unconditionally guaranteed