This beautiful grey schist Gandharan relief depicts nude garland bearers. The fine carving is slightly curved in nature, perhaps on account of its location on a building or curved monument. The relief features a canopy with carefully carved boxes along the overhanging border. The main scene shows a procession with four garland bearers, and the garlands are detailed, with flowers at their centre. Beneath the feet of the procession is a second lipped border with careful gradation of heights.
The measurements include the custom-made stand, which is included in the price. Measurements without the stand: L 23.5cm, H 9.5cm, W 5.5cm.
Date: Circa 2nd Century AD Condition: Good condition, some damages to the lower pedestal.
This type of frieze was popular in many regions, and seems to have been a significant decorative motif. As much of Gandharan art focuses on the Buddha, it is likely that this frieze came from a wider scene, which depicted the religious leader.
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