Greco Buddhist Art
Gandhâra : Afganistan/ Pakistan (305 BC - AD 450)

Ex property of a private collector, New Jersey, USA; part of his UK collection, acquired in London prior to 2002.


Object :
Nº 1811
Medium :
Dimensions :
Height: 52 cm (20.5")

Description :

A carved schist frieze fragment with a camel restrained by an attendant, fronds to the rear, armoured guard with helmet and spear beside a tower, standing nimbate Buddha with hand raised beside a section of wall. Fine condition.

The camel was an important pack animal from an early period in Central Asia, carrying expensive commodities, such as spices and incense between India and the Near East; they were also used to convey travellers over long distances and prize camels were used by the elite for this purpose. The scene on this relief shows the arrival of an important personage, possibly a king, to pay homage to the Buddha.