Lot 56
 
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GANDHARA, 2ND - 3RD CENTURY
Grey Schist
10.25 in (26 cm) wide

NON-EXPORTABLE REGISTERED ANTIQUITY

PROVENANCE
The Estate of Khorshed Karanjavala


Palace scenes and vignettes from the Jataka Tales were a popular theme in Gandharan sculpture. This grey schist relief shows two musicians in the centre. The figure on the right plays a pipe, while the other holds a stringed instrument resembling a lute. They are both clad in dhotis, and their hair is tied in a top knot. A Corinthian column is framed the left, and to the right is a small built form that might be a shrine or hut. The legs of a prostrate figure are visible in front of this architectural feature.

Writing about reliefs depicting similar scenes, Isao Kurita observes, "There are many banquet scenes depicted in Gandhara. Sometimes banquet scenes are combined with music and dance... [which] are often represented simultaneously... flutes, lutes, harps and drums are represented in the music scenes..." (Kurita, Gandharan Art II, p. 321)




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  Lot 56 of 70  

CLASSICAL INDIAN ART
14 DECEMBER 2015

Estimate
Rs 3,00,000 - 5,00,000

Winning Bid
Rs 4,80,000
(Inclusive of Buyer's Premium)










 



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