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Gandhara Stone Hand with Lotus Flower, 2nd/3rd Cent AD

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Bernhard I. Müller, PhD
Gallery by appointment
Zurich, Switzerland

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Gandhara Stone Hand with Lotus Flower, 2nd/3rd Cent AD
Blue schist hand of a substantial Buddhist figure with sophisticated rendition of the fingers holding a lotus flower. The wrist with a richly ornamented double bracelet. Remains of red pigment on the fingernails and some gilding on the fingers. Gandharan art is a form of cultural syncretism fusing Greek aesthetical canons with the first representations of the Buddha in human form. A great profusion of sculptural reliefs with scenes from the life of the historical Buddha, Sakyamuni, decorated mountains of the Gandhara area in Pakistan. Blue schist. Pakistan, ancient region of Gandhara, Kushan period, 2nd/3rd century AD. L. 24.5 cm (9.6 in), H. with plinth 19 cm (7.5 in). Fragmentary, broken at the forearm level. Flower reattached, the upper side of it chipped. Excellent execution. Swiss private collection (data will be provided to the buyer).

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