RARE BRONZE SEATED BUDDHA
3rd – 4th Century AD Bronze with Silver inlay
Code: J0001

A rare Gandharan bronze seated image of Buddha. Seated on a lotus throne, with a serine expression, aquiline nose, protruding urna and elongated ear lobes. The face is surmounted by the usnisa and his hair rendered in tight curls and eyes inlaid with silver. Fine example.


Measurements not including stand: 6" (15cm),


SILVER PLAQUE OF MEDUSA AFGHANISTAN
1st - 2th Century AD
Code: AA0001

A rare beautiful silver repousse circular plaque from Afghanistan, featuring a female head and sepents possibly that of a Greek Medusa, excellent condition.

Measurements: 5.4" (13.7cm)
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SILVER BELT ATTACHMENT AFGHANISTAN
1nd - 2rd Century AD
Code: AA0002

A silver repousse belt attachment featuring the head of a deamon, revese brass with two attachments, excellent condition.

Measurements: 2" x 1.75" (5 x 4.5cm)

 

MUSEUM QUALITY POLISHED SCHIST COSMETIC TRAY
2nd-3rd Century AD
Code: am0008 - Price: SOLD

Polished Schist Cosmetic tray - perfect condition first class piece wonderful patina. 15cm diameter
The piece is in excellent condition.
Measurements not including stand: 6" (15cm) tall,
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RELIQUARY IN THE FORM OF A GOLD STUPA
1st Century AD
Code: 0982 - Price: SOLD

A rare Gold reliquary in the form of a Stupa crated in two sections, consisting of a finely decorated square base (Sanskr. medhi), and a round decorated drum (ghantãkãra) with hemispherical dome (anda) decorated with stylized lotus leaves, including a central shaft (yasti) supporting a series of five parasols (chattra) of diminishing size. Inside the Stupa remains five red semi precious stones, or glass beads.

A Stupa (Sanskrit Thupa or Thapa: ‘mound’) is the principal type of Buddhist shrine and was originally a funeral mound, constructed to house relics of the Buddha or of one of his noble acolytes (see also catalogue no. 8). By the Kushan era they had evolved into places of pilgrimage consisting of a large hemispherical dome, often on a square base and decorated with statues and reliefs depicting the life of the Buddha. Pilgrims would often construct small votive stapes around the main Stupa as a mark of homage and to commemorate their visit. This beautiful gold relic Stupa would have probably been inside a larger schist Stupa.

For a comparable, albeit more modest example in a private collection Japan see, pl. 756 Gandharan Art Volume 2, Isao Kurita. Magenta press 2003.

Measurements not including stand: 2.25" (5.5cm),

The Stupa has been Published: Gandharan Buddhist Reliquaries, University of Washington Press 2012, pages 86, figure 3.35b and page 280, fgure 294.

MUSEUM QUALITY RARE SCHIST STUPA
2nd-4th Century AD
Code: am0012 - SOLD

Schist Stupa in three section with relic containers one of which is Gold and contains a small crystal. This is the finest of its type, perfect condition. 27.5x14cm when fitted together.

The piece is in excellent condition.
Measurements not including stand: 10.8" (27.5cm) tall,
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MUSEUM QUALITY POLISHED SCHIST CONTAINER
2nd-3rd Century AD
Code: am0013 - Price: SOLD

Polished Schist Container - perfect condition first class piece wonderful patina, tight fitting lid. 11x7.2x4.5cm
The piece is in excellent condition.
Measurements not including stand: 4.25" (11cm) wide,
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