A carved schist panel featuring five figures in high relief, framed within an arch; this is the scene of the birth of Buddha, with Queen Maya at centre beneath a tree, Buddha emerging from her right side into a swaddling cloth held by Indra, Brahma to his right, the Queen supported by her sister and another attendant; sections of a hatched lozengiform design which once covered the arch survive.
Mounted on a custom-made stand.
Circa 3rd century AD
Fine condition; the upper arch worn but good detail to the figural carving; with light earthy accretions to much of the surface.
Height 20.8 cms (8.2 ins): Height including stand 27.2 cms (10.7 ins).
See The Art Institute of Chicago, The Birth and the First Seven Steps of the Buddha, gray schist relief, Gandhara, 2nd or 3rd century CE, for a comparable example.
From a Japanese collection, 1990s.
Gandharan panel with birth of Buddha scene
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