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The five ascetics

Grey schist
Ancient region of Gandhara
2nd – 3rd century CE

The right hand fragment of a larger panel. The complete scene would feature the historical Buddha preaching the Wheel of the Dharma Sutta to his five former counterparts “ascetics” in the deerpark at Sernath. This is a prime example of the Hellenised style of carving of the Indo-Greek artists working under the Kushan dynasty. It likely formed part of a series of decorative panels from a temple complex.

Provenance: Mohamed Makiya 1914-2015 Iraqi/British Architect

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