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RARE Ancient Gandharan Gray Schist Stone Face BUDDHA 2nd - 3rd Cent. Afghanistan

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Seller: agustus-collection (15,518) 99.6% Top-Rated Plus, Location: BALI - Island of the Gods, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 192023378179 RARE ANCIENT GANDHARAN / GANDHARA GRAY SCHIST STONE HEAD/ FACE of BUDDHA ~ AFGHANISTAN Item # : 60 2171 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Type of artifact : Rare ancient and wonderful masterpiece of Gandharan / Gandhara sculptural art. This gray Schist stone fragment of the head / face of the Buddha is genuine as described from the 2nd to 3rd Century AD. This artifact is mounted professionally on a museum display stand. Amount : 1 (one) single piece * All photos are taken from the actual item * Weight : Including display stand approx. 1,083.27 grams = 1.08 kg Size : Height of face of the Buddha: approx. 12.12 cm = 4.77 inches Width : approx. 7.69 cm (at the widest point) Depth: approx. 5.35 cm Dimensions including display stand: Height: approx. 22.70 cm = 8.93 inches Width : approx. 13.40 cm (at the widest point) Depth: approx. 7.80 cm Material : Gray Schist stone Style : Gandhara period 2nd - 3rd Century AD Approx. age : circa 2nd to 3rd Century AD Origin : Ancient Gandhara / Gandharan period ~ Afghanistan Condition : Excellent ancient condition in exquisite museum quality ! There are no damages and no repairs. The magnificent patina is original as found. The surface has some expected corrosions, weathering, wear, degradation and abrasions as a consequence of age and extended burial. Some original sedimentary dispositions remain on part of the surface. Provenance : This ancient artifact is one of a lot we acquired from a German Collection. Certification : We will issue on request a GUARANTEE of AUTHENTICITY / Certificate of Authenticity for this rare genuine antique artifact Estimated Value : At major auction houses, the estimated value of similar items is between US$ 1,500 and US$ 3,000 Remarks : This extremely rare ancient Schist stone artifact dates to approx. the 2nd to 3rd Century AD and was excavated in the Afghanistan The characteristics of Gandharan sculptures are a degree of realism inherited from its Greek antecedents in the area combined with a native tradition that is both vibrant and simple in its execution. It is a typical hybrid art from Gandhara, which was first described by Alfred Foucher as “Greco-Buddhist”. This sculpture is Hellenistic in style with local Gandharan flavor added in the facial features. Gandharan sculptures were heavily influenced by the artistic traditions of the Hellenistic world, most probably as a result of Alexander the Great’s colony in Bactria (Western Afghanistan). The juxtaposition of distinctly Western classical features, such as the realistic and rigid rendering of the drapery, with the stylized indigenous treatment of the face and body, typifies Gandharan sculptures. Alexander the Great, the Greek conqueror and King of Macedon, who invaded India in 326 B.C.E. When he left India, Greek artisans settled in North India and Pakistan and possibly influenced the first known anthropoid images of the Buddha, which developed into the Gandhara style of Buddhist art. Don’t miss the opportunity to own a genuine piece of ancient history. Our photographs have been enlarged to show details. Most details shown in the large image are actually not visible to the naked eye. We have made the image as close as possible to the original item when viewed on our screen. Depending on the viewers monitor settings, these items may appear a few shades lighter or darker in comparison to the original object. Why Shop with AGUSTUS-Collection! » eBay Seller for over 10 Years » Very high Approval Rating » Outstanding Collection » German Ownership » Free FedEx shipping for purchases over US$ 500 » Combine Shipping for 10 days » Secure Packing & Shipping Services » Secure Payment via PayPal » Items are guaranteed as described » Clear Return Policy » Fast Support Response » Outstanding Customer Service Back To Top Visit my eBay Store: AGUSTUS-Collection Add to Favorite Stores | Sign up for Store Newsletter Home | Guarantee & Return Policy | Store Policy | Shipping | Payment | Procedure | Guides | FAQs | About The Seller Back To Top Condition: Excellent Ancient Museum Condition ~ Extremely Rare Genuine Ancient Artifact, Color: Beige, Maker: Gandhsran, Gandhara, Type: Statues, Primary Material: Schist stone, Age: Pre-1800, Region of Origin: Middle East, Original/Reproduction: Original

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