2nd Century Bodhisattva statue to lead Buddhist art exhibition



2015-06-26 13:22:49

2nd Century Bodhisattva statue to lead Buddhist art exhibition

A statue of a Bodhisattva from the 2nd Century will star at Sotheby's NY in September

Sotheby'swill present a special selling exhibition entitled Footsteps of the Buddha on September 3 in New York, with a spectacular 2nd Century AD statue of a Bodhisattva set to lead.

 Gandhara was an ancient kingdom, now in Pakistan

The exhibition traces the historical development of iconic Buddhist art and its profound effect on Asian culture.

Included are the "finest pan-Asian Buddhist sculptures" and artworks from the ancient kingdom of Gandhara, now in Pakistan.

Artworks from Nepal, Tibet, Mongolia, China and Japan are also included, with contemporary works from Cai Xiaosong and Gonkar Gyatso.

The Bodhisattva statue originates from Gandhara, during the Kushan period (2nd/3rd Century). Standing 57 inches tall, it is wonderfully carved from grey schist, a popular material in carvings from Gandhara.

Sotheby's will also hold its Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art auction in September, with a gilt bronze statue of a Bodhisattva among the many highlights.

Take a look at this brilliant signed photograph of the Dalai Lama for sale.

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