Size: 21.5cm high, 31.5cm wide, 7.1kg.
Exceptional very good condition.
A beautiful and very interesting Gandhara Schist stone panel depicting the scene of Atlas kneeling on a plain pedestal, holding three interlocking wheels which are decorated with floral petals. The Atlas Figure is flanked to the right by two monks with their heads shaven, and by Buddha wearing a long cloak to the left, the right hand raised with the palm open in a gesture of approachability (the abhaja mudra), characteristic of nearly all early representation of the Buddha. The other figure on the top of the two monks, with curly hair, is Vajrapani who protects the Buddha and is often found in early narrative reliefs. The three wheels (chakras) are symbols of the Buddha's teachings. The model of three turnings of the 'Wheel' is an attempt to categorize the content, philosophical view, and practical application of the whole array of Buddhist teachings. The first teaching took place at Deer Park at Saranath and consists in the Four Noble Truths, the second have taken place at Vulture Peak Mountain in Rajagriha to an audience of bodhisattvas and emphasis on the concept of emptiness, the third regards the Tantrics methods, the ultimate and final truth.
Object literature: Gandhāra is the name of an ancient region located in present-day north-west Pakistan and parts of north-east Afghanistan. Famed for its unique Gandharan style of art which is heavily influenced by the classical Greek and Hellenistic styles, Gandhara attained its height from the 1st century to the 5th century CE under the Kushan Empire.
Object History: Acquired from a UK Auction House; previously in a British collection formed in the 1980s on the UK art market.
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