Exceptionally 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 interlaced wheels symbolise at once the Law (dharmacakra) and the Trinity or Three Jewels (triratna).
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: UK art market, previously in a British collection formed in the 1980s .
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