Ancient Gandhāra region
3rd – 4th century
H. 31 cm
This architectural element was probably part of a series of narrative reliefs decorating a stupa, illustrating scenes from the Buddha’s wonderful life. Carved in schist, it is easy to recognise the skills of the region. In this scene of adoration, flanked by a column with a Corinthian capital, the Buddha is easily recognisable in meditation, enthroned at the centre of the scene. He is surrounded by rich devotees wearing turbans and adorned with jewels.
Provenance: Private American collection.