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India, Gandahara, Stucco Lion Head, c. 3rd - 4th Century A.D.

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AS61807. Gandaharan stucco lion head, 6.2x4.2 cm; from Edgar L. Owen; $250.00 (220.00)


Indus Valley, Terracotta Zebu Bull, c. 12th - 9th B.C.

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Similar terracotta bulls were found in the more ancient levels of excavations at Mundigak near Kandahar. They were symbols of force and the fecundity of the herd. Zebu are thought to be derived from wild Asian aurochs, which disappeared during the time of the Indus Valley Civilization due to domestication and loss of habitat. The species was introduced into Egypt around 2000 B.C. and to Brazil early in the 20th century.
AE63807. Terracotta Zebu Bull; cf. Casal, p. 32; 9.5 cm (3 3/4") long, missing tip of right horn, charming, c. 12th - 9th B.C.; baked terracotta with applied polychrome, horns and humped back, dark painted features and details; from a Florida dealer; SOLD


India, Stone Head of a Bodhisattva, c. 10th Century A.D.

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The bodhisattva, a popular subject in Buddhist art, is someone who, motivated by great compassion, has a spontaneous wish to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. In early Indian Buddhism, bodhisattva usually referred specifically to the Buddha Shakyamuni in his former lives.
AH59765. India, stone head of a bodhisattva, 11.5 cm tall, c. 10th century A.D., from New Jersey collection, purchased from a European dealer (c. 1980's); SOLD










REFERENCES|

Casal, J. "Mundigak: l'Afghanistan l'aurore des civilisations" in Archeologia, No. 13, Nov. 1966, pp. 30 - 37.
Tripathi, V. & Srivastava, A. The Indus Terracottas. (New Delhi, 2014).
Urmila, S. Terracotta Art of Rajasthan (From Pre-Harappan and Harappan Times to the Gupta Period). (New Delhi, 1997).
Zwalf, W. ed. Buddhism Art and Faith. (New York, 1985).

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